On frequency adjectives

  • Roland Schäfer

Abstract

Frequency adjectives like occasional can occur, unexpectedly, in connection with nouns which do not denote events: Agent Cooper likes an occasional cup of coffee. I provide a full classification of these adjectives and formulate a solution in terms of event semantics which keeps the core semantic contribution of frequency adjectives constant for normal uses and marked uses with non-event nouns. This distinguishes my approach from previous approaches which are merely partial and use non-standard ontologies and semantics for the marked constructions.
Published
2019-08-15
How to Cite
Schäfer, R. (2019). On frequency adjectives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 11, 555-567. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2007.v11i0.664