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The Standard Marker in Malayalam Encodes Comparative Semantics
Mythili Menon
379-386 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


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.

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Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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