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dc.contributor.authorCoppock, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.authorStrand, Linneaen_US
dc.contributor.editorAguilar-Guevera, Anaen_US
dc.contributor.editorPozas Loyo, Juliaen_US
dc.contributor.editorVázquez Rojas Maldonado, Violetaen_US
dc.date2017-12-19
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-22T15:30:03Z
dc.date.available2018-03-22T15:30:03Z
dc.identifier.citationE Coppock, Linnea Strand. "Most vs. the most in languages where the more means most."
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/27852
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on languages in which a superlative interpretation is typically indicated merely by a combination of a definiteness marker with a comparative marker, including French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Greek ('DEF+CMP languages'). Despite ostensibly using definiteness markers to form the superlative, superlatives are not always definite-marked in these languages, and the distribution of definiteness-marking varies from language to language. To account for the cross-linguistic variation, we iden- tify conflicting pressures that all of the languages in consideration may be subject to, and suggest that different languages prioritize differently in the resolution of these conflicts. What these languages have in common, we suggest, is a mechanism of Definite Null Instantiation for the degree-type standard argument of the comparative. Among the parameters along which languages are proposed to differ is the relative importance of marking uniqueness vs. avoiding determiners with predicates of entities that are not individuals.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://eecoppock.info/CoppockStrand-DAL.pdf
dc.description.urihttp://eecoppock.info/CoppockStrand-DAL.pdf
dc.publisherLanguage Science Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofDefiniteness Across Languages
dc.title'Most' vs. 'the most' in languages where 'the more' means 'most'en_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
pubs.elements-sourcemanual-entryen_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: Not knownen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Romance Studiesen_US
pubs.publication-statusAccepteden_US


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