Degree modification across categories in Afrikaans
Robyn Berghoff, Rick Nouwen, Lisa Bylinina, Yaron McNabb
July 2018
 

The paper presents an analysis of the Afrikaans degree modifier baie ‘very/much/many’. Baie appears to be a single lexical item with a wide distribution in terms of the categories of gradable predicate with which it can combine. However, the paper shows that two syntactically distinct instances of baie should be distinguished. These instances of baie portion out the modification of different grammatical categories between them: one, a head, exclusively modifies gradable adjectives, and the other, an adjunct, modifies the remaining categories of gradable predicate
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Reference: lingbuzz/004691
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Published in: Linguistic Variation
keywords: degree modification, gradability, afrikaans, semantics, syntax
previous versions: v1 [July 2018]
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