Granularity shifting: Experimental evidence from degree modifiers

Galit Sassoon, Natalia Zevakhina

Abstract


This paper argues that modeling granularity and approximation (Krifka 2007; Lewis 1979) is crucial for capturing important aspects of the distribution and interpretation of adjectives and their modifiers, modulo certain differences between modified adjectives and numerals. In addition, the paper presents supporting experimental results with minimizers like 'slightly' and maximizers like 'completely'.

Keywords


semantic, adjective, granularity, degree, degree modifier, inference, approximation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v22i0.2639

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