Almost there : the meaning of almost

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PENKA, Doris, 2006. Almost there : the meaning of almost. Sinn und Bedeutung, Oct 13, 2005 - Oct 15, 2005. In: EBERT, Christian, ed., Cornelia ENDRISS, ed.. Proceedings of the Sinn und Bedeutung 10 : 10 th annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Semantik, October 13 - 15, 2005. Berlin:ZAS, pp. 275-286

@inproceedings{Penka2006Almos-17669, title={Almost there : the meaning of almost}, year={2006}, number={44}, address={Berlin}, publisher={ZAS}, series={ZAS Papers in Linguistics}, booktitle={Proceedings of the Sinn und Bedeutung 10 : 10 th annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Semantik, October 13 - 15, 2005}, pages={275--286}, editor={Ebert, Christian and Endriss, Cornelia}, author={Penka, Doris} }

eng Publ. in: Proceedings of the Sinn und Bedeutung 10 : 10th annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Semantik, October 13-15, 2005 / Christian Ebert & Cornelia Endriss (eds.). Berlin : ZAS, 2006. - S. 275-286. - (ZAS Papers in Linguistics ; 44) 2006 Penka, Doris Modifiability by almost has been used as a test for the quantificational force of a DP without stating the meaning of almost explicitly. The aim of this paper is to give a semantics for almost applying across categories and to evaluate the validity of the almost test as a diagnosis for universal quantifiers. It is argued that almost is similar to other cross-categorial modifiers such as at least or exactly in referring to alternatives ordered on a scale. I propose that almost evaluates alternatives in which the modified expression is replaced by a value close by on the corresponding Horn scale. It is shown that a semantics for almost that refers to scalar alternatives derives the correct truth conditions for almost and explains selectional restrictions. At the same time, taking the semantics of almost seriously invalidates the almost test as a simple diagnosis for the nature of quantifiers. Penka, Doris 2012-01-28T12:14:45Z terms-of-use 2012-01-28T12:14:45Z Almost there : the meaning of almost

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