In traditional analyses, the semantics of comparison is wholly introduced by the comparative morpheme (more, -er), with the standard marker (than) merely marking the standard phrase as a semantic argument of the comparative morpheme. This paper departs from this standard analysis and argues for a more transparent compositional semantics, where both the comparative morpheme and standard marker contribute to the semantics of comparison (similar in spirit to Schwarzschild 2014) by providing evidence from Malayalam non-adjectival comparatives.
Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-471-3 library binding
vii + 598 pages
publication date: 2017
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA