Subset Comparatives as Comparative Quantifiers

  • Miriam Nussbaum

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the meaning of the “subset comparative” construction: John saw more phonologists than just Mary seems to assert that John saw more than one phonologist, and presuppose that John saw Mary (the prejacent) and that Mary is a phonologist. Together, the assertion and the two presuppositions entail that John saw other phonologists in addition to Mary. In this paper, I argue that the meaning can be derived by an extension of the analysis originally proposed by Hackl (2000) for comparative quantifiers like more than three.
How to Cite
Nussbaum, M. (1). Subset Comparatives as Comparative Quantifiers. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 19, 465-482. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2015.v19i0.244