Maximality and Minimality in Comparatives

  • Cécile Meier


In this paper, I investigate more closely the contribution of modal operators to the semantics of comparatives and I show that there is no need for a maximality or minimality operator. Following Kratzer’s (1981, 1991) analysis of modal elements, I assume that the meaning of a modal sentence is dependent on a conversational background and an ordering source. For comparative environments, I demonstrate that the ordering source reduces a set of possible degrees to a single degree that is most (or least) wanted or expected, i.e., maximality and minimality readings of comparative constructions are an effect of the pragmatic meaning of the modal.
How to Cite
Meier, C. (2019). Maximality and Minimality in Comparatives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 6, 275-288.