Publication details

How to be positive

Authors

VANDEN WYNGAERD Guido STARKE Michal DE CLERCQ Karen CAHA Pavel

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Glossa : a journal of general linguistics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
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Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.1114
Keywords adjectives; gradability; positive; comparative; containment
Description In this paper, we discuss a cross-linguistically rare pattern of comparative formation found in Slovak. This pattern is theoretically interesting, because it violates a candidate universal on the relationship between the positive and the comparative degree. The universal, discussed in Grano & Davis (2018), says that the comparative is always either identical to, or derived from, the positive degree. This universal is violated by a number of adjectives in Slovak. These adjectives have a suffix -k in the positive degree, which is absent in the comparative. We capture this pattern in terms of a non-containment structure of the positive and the comparative degrees and the nanosyntax model of spellout (Starke 2009 et seq.).
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