Superlatives across domains: Evidence from degree achievements in Southern Aymara

Gabriel Martinez Vera


This papers proposes that Southern Aymara, an understudied Andean language, has a verbal superlative degree morpheme, namely, -su, that combines with degree achievements. I illustrate this with verbs with -cha, a suffix that derives degree achievements, to which -su attaches. I show that sentences with the verbal superlative -su have absolute and relative readings, which is similar to sentences with adjectival superlatives (as has beed discussed for English). I further show that relative readings arise when the verbal superlative interacts with focus. I propose that verbal superlatives involve comparison of degree-event pairs.

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