Three Readings of Most

Authors

  • Hadas Kotek Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yasutada Sudo Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Edwin Howard Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Martin Hackl Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v21i0.2621

Keywords:

Quantification, Superlatives, Partitions, Most

Abstract

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.

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Published

2011-09-03

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