A constraint on co-occurrence of partitive quantifiers and gradable predicates

  • Omri Amiraz

Abstract

Quantifiers like most of are compatible with some predicates but not others, e.g., Most of the road is {narrow / #long}. In the context of collective predicates, this is known as the gather/numerous distinction. This paper focuses on gradable predicates—both singular and collective—and argues that only non-monotonic gradable predicates are compatible with quantifiers like most of. I show that if a monotonic predicate co-occurs with such a quantifier, the sentence does not have well-defined truth conditions, which makes it unacceptable.
Published
2021-09-16
How to Cite
Amiraz, O. (2021). A constraint on co-occurrence of partitive quantifiers and gradable predicates. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 55-72. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.924