Event and degree numerals : Evidence from Czech

Authors

DOČEKAL Mojmír WĄGIEL Marcin

Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Advances in Formal Slavic Linguistics 2016
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web oficiální web publikace
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2554021
Keywords numerals; comparative; equative; degrees; scales; events; Czech
Description In this paper, we bring in novel data concerning the distribution and semantic properties of two classes of adverbs of quantification in Czech, i.e., event numerals such as dvakrát ‘twice/two times’ as opposed to degree numerals such as dvojnásobně ‘doubly/twofold’. We explore the contrasts between the expressions in question including the interaction with comparatives and equatives as well as scope asymmetries. We propose that degree numerals target values on a provided scale and are, hence, best analyzed as predicates of degrees whereas event numerals have a more general semantics which primarily allows for quantification over individuated events, but also enables to operate on degrees.
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