Chapter published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 13: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 29, Nijmegen
Edited by Janine Berns, Haike Jacobs and Dominique Nouveau
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 13] 2018
► pp. 225–243
From completely free to complete freedom
Spanish adjectives of completeness as maximizers of property concept nouns
Maximizers (completely, fully) are degree modifiers sensitive to the scale structure of the adjective they combine with. Spanish adjectives of completeness (completo ‘complete’, total ‘total’) show a distribution similar to that of their adverbial counterparts when modifying property concept [PC] nouns (libertad ‘freedom’, sabiduría ‘wisdom’). This paper argues that adjectives of completeness are degree modifiers in the nominal domain. It adopts a semantics of PC nouns according to which they denote substances, following Francez & Koontz-Garboden (2015). These substances can be bounded or unbounded, just like their related adjectives (libre ‘free’, etc.). By establishing a strict parallelism between adverbs and adjectives of completeness, this paper contributes to the understanding of completeness contributes to the understanding of scalarity across categories and the relation between degrees and measurements.
Published online: 13 July 2018
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