Three Readings of Most

Hadas Kotek, Yasutada Sudo, Edwin Howard, Martin Hackl


In this paper we show that most DPs in subject position can receive three kinds of truth-condition, yielding a proportional reading, a ‘regular’ superlative reading and a ‘partition-based’ superlative reading. We propose an analysis of the three readings that views them as resulting from the interaction of several components, including (a generalized version of) the superlative operator -est, covert and overt movement, and focus. Furthermore, we explain how movement affects the distribution of readings of most.


Quantification; Superlatives; Partitions; Most

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