Extreme nouns and maximizers

  • Melania S. Masià

Abstract

Maximizers (completamente ‘completely’, totalmente ‘totally’) are degree modifiers restricted to maximum standard adjectives. Spanish adjectives of completeness [ACs] (completo ‘complete’, total ‘total’) display a behavior similar to that of their adverbial counterparts when they combine with nouns like idiot. This paper argues that ACs are maximality modifiers of idiot-like nouns, which are defended to be gradable and denote extreme degrees of properties. Establishing a parallelism between adverbs and adjectives of completeness allows us to explore scalarity across categories and the relevance of scale structure in the nominal domain.
Published
2019-05-17
How to Cite
Masià, M. S. (2019). Extreme nouns and maximizers. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(2), 143-161. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/75