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dc.contributor.authorCoppock, Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-24T14:38:47Z
dc.date.available2020-04-24T14:38:47Z
dc.identifier.citationElizabeth Coppock. "Superlative Modifiers as Modified Superlatives." Semantics and Linguistic Theory, Volume 26, pp. 471. https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v26i0.3822
dc.identifier.issn2163-5951
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/40330
dc.description.abstractThe superlative modifiers at least and at most are quite famous, but their cousins at best, at the latest, at the highest, etc., are less well-known. This paper is devoted to the entire family. New data is presented illustrating the productivity of the pattern, identifying a generalization delimiting it, and showing that the cousins, too, have the pragmatic effects that have attracted so much attention to at least and at most. To capture the productivity, I present a new decomposition of at least into recombinable parts. Most notable is the at-component (silent in some languages), which takes advantage of the comparison class argument of the superlative to produce the set of possibilities involved in the ignorance implicatures that superlative modifiers are known for. A side-effect is a new view on gradable predicates, accounting for uses like 88 degrees is too hot. en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherLinguistic Society of Americaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofSemantics and Linguistic Theory
dc.rights©2013 Elizabeth Coppock and Thomas Brochhagen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons NonCommercial License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0).en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0
dc.subjectNumeralen_US
dc.subjectScalar modifiersen_US
dc.subjectQUDen_US
dc.subjectFocusen_US
dc.subjectInquisitive semanticsen_US
dc.subjectImplicatureen_US
dc.titleSuperlative modifiers as modified superlativesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionPublished versionen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3765/salt.v26i0.3822
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pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Linguisticsen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublished onlineen_US
dc.date.online2016-10-15
dc.identifier.mycv366142


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©2013 Elizabeth Coppock and Thomas Brochhagen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons NonCommercial License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0).
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