Two-place exceed comparatives in Luganda

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BOCHNAK, M. Ryan, 2018. Two-place exceed comparatives in Luganda. 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics : ACAL 45. Lawrence, KS, Apr 17, 2014 - Apr 19, 2014. In: KANDYBOWICZ, Jason, ed. and others. African linguistics on the prairie : Selected papers from the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Berlin:Language Science Press, pp. 361-375. ISBN 978-3-96110-037-8. Available under: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1251750

@inproceedings{Bochnak2018Twopl-59419, title={Two-place exceed comparatives in Luganda}, year={2018}, doi={10.5281/zenodo.1251750}, number={3}, isbn={978-3-96110-037-8}, address={Berlin}, publisher={Language Science Press}, series={Contemporary African Linguistics}, booktitle={African linguistics on the prairie : Selected papers from the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics}, pages={361--375}, editor={Kandybowicz, Jason}, author={Bochnak, M. Ryan} }

terms-of-use 2018 Bochnak, M. Ryan 2022-12-06T15:39:38Z 2022-12-06T15:39:38Z Bochnak, M. Ryan Two-place exceed comparatives in Luganda eng Research on comparative constructions recognizes the need for both a 3-place (“phrasal”) comparative operator, alongside a 2-place (“clausal”) operator (e.g., Heim 1985; Bhatt & Takahashi 2011). Recent cross-linguistic work on comparatives has argued that exceed comparative constructions are phrasal comparatives, making use of a 3-place operator (e.g., Beck et al. 2009; Howell 2013 for Yorùbá). While certain exceed constructions in Luganda can in- deed be analyzed in this way, I argue here for the idea that others involve a 2-place operator that compares two degrees directly. I treat nominalized adjectives as measure functions in the sense of Bartsch & Vennemann 1972 and Kennedy 1997: they map an individual to its maximal degree on a scale. This allows us to model possessed adjective nominalizations sim- ilar to Barker’s (1995) analysis of relational nouns, although whereas for Barker a possessive DP denotes a predicate of individuals, in this case the resulting DP denotes a degree.

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