Being tall compared to compared to being tall and being taller

Jaime Castillo-Gamboa, Alexis Wellwood, Deniz Rudin

Abstract


This paper investigates the semantics of implicit comparatives (Alice is tall compared to Bob) and its connections to the semantics of explicit comparatives (Alice is taller than Bob) and sentences with adjectives in plain positive form (Alice is tall). We consider evidence from two experiments that tested judgments about these three kinds of sentence, and provide a semantics for implicit comparatives from the perspective of degree semantics.

Keywords


gradable adjectives; implicit comparatives; degree semantics; experimental semantics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/elm.1.4872

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