The Scope of Reciprocal Degree Operators and Degree Pluralities

I-Ta Chris Hsieh


A degree sentence such as John and Mary are (un)equally tall conveys
both reciprocity and equivalence and hence are termed ‘reciprocal equatives’. This
paper investigates this degree construction; building on Schwarz’s (2007) pioneer
study, I suggest an account for this degree construction that covers a wider range of
data. To the extent that the proposal is on the right track, it provides new support for
building in plurality in the domain of degrees, an idea that has been put forward by
Beck (2010, 2014) and Dotlaˇcil & Nouwen (2016).

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