Degree modification across categories in Afrikaans
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.
Keywords: gradability, Afrikaans, degree modification