A new metalinguistic degree morpheme

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BOCHNAK, M. Ryan, Eva CSIPAK, 2014. A new metalinguistic degree morpheme. SALT 24 : 24th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference. New York, NY, May 30, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014. In: SNIDER, Todd, ed. and others. Proceedings of SALT 24. Washington, DC:LSA, pp. 432-452. eISSN 2163-5951. Available under: doi: 10.3765/salt.v24i0.2450

@inproceedings{Bochnak2014metal-44114, title={A new metalinguistic degree morpheme}, year={2014}, doi={10.3765/salt.v24i0.2450}, address={Washington, DC}, publisher={LSA}, booktitle={Proceedings of SALT 24}, pages={432--452}, editor={Snider, Todd}, author={Bochnak, M. Ryan and Csipak, Eva} }

2014 Bochnak, M. Ryan A new metalinguistic degree morpheme eng 2018-12-03T15:12:14Z Csipak, Eva In this paper, we discuss and analyze ...ish/-ish in three of its uses: as a modifier of gradable adjectives; as a clause-final particle that hedges on a speaker’s degree of commitment to a proposition; and as a general precision-regulator. In each case, -ish/. . . ish makes reference to a degree that is slightly less than the standard for the constituent it applies to. We propose that proposition-modifying . . . ish belongs to the class of metalinguistic degree morphology alongside metalinguistic comparisons, which have received recent attention in the literature (e.g., Giannakidou & Yoon 2011; Morzycki 2011). We argue for a unified analysis of ...ish/-ish as a degree modifier, where the relevant degree variable can be provided lexically, or through a type-shifting operation that makes available a degree of precision in the sense of Morzycki (2011). This study has implications for research on the semantics of metalinguistic degree morphology, imprecision, speaker-oriented phenomena, and the role of subjectification in semantic change. 2018-12-03T15:12:14Z Bochnak, M. Ryan Csipak, Eva

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