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Varieties of intensification

Bylinina, L; Sudo, Y; (2015) Varieties of intensification. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory , 33 (3) pp. 881-895. 10.1007/s11049-015-9291-y. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is a commentary on Beltrama and Bochnak (2015), who propose a uniform semantics for different uses of cross-categorial intensifiers -issimo in Italian and šému in Washo as universal quantifiers over contexts. Two concerns of their uniform semantics are raised, (i) unexpected restrictions on intensification, and (ii) non-truth-conditional intensification. It is argued that a uniform semantics like Beltrama and Bochnak’s is unachievable, and suggested that the multitude of uses commonly observed with intensifiers should be captured in terms of semantic similarity, rather than semantic identity

Type: Article
Title: Varieties of intensification
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11049-015-9291-y
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11049-015-9291-y
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2015. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Intensification, Modification, Granularity
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1515857
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