On reciprocal degree constructions
A view from Mandarin
A degree sentence such as John and Mary are equally tall conveys both reciprocity and equivalence and hence are termed “Reciprocal Equatives” (RE). 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 Dotlačil & Nouwen (2016).
- 1.1Types of reciprocal equatives
- 1.2Vagueness and context sensitivity
- 2.Plural predication and degree plurality
- 2.1Plural predication and covers
- 2.2Plurality in the domain of degrees
- 3.The semantics of REs
- 3.1Universal and predicative REs
- 3.2The plurality requirement of REs
- 4.Covers, grouping and the interpretation of adnominal REs
- 4.1The syntax and semantics of adnominal REs
- 4.2Context sensitivity and covers
- 5.Amount REs
- 6.On reciprocal inequatives
- 7.The alternative analysis
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Published online: 17 March 2021
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