Extreme nouns and maximizers

  • Melania S. Masià


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.
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