Deriving the most internal relative reading


  • E. Cameron Wilson


Definite-marked constructions with adnominal quantity superlatives (most, least, fewest) give rise to both NP-external and NP-internal relative readings in English, while other adnominal superlatives allow only NP-external readings. Neither the movement approach to relative superlatives (Szabolcsi 1986, Heim 1999) nor Pancheva & Tomaszewicz’s (2012) combined movement-and-in-situ approach can account for this pattern of available readings. To explain how it is derived, I propose a novel constituency for constructions with adnominal quantity superlatives, which is motivated by findings in the parallel domain of measure phrases.


How to Cite

Wilson, E. C. (2019). Deriving the most internal relative reading. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 20, 779–797. Retrieved from