Zero or minimum degree? Rethinking minimum gradable adjectives

  • Ciyang Qing


This paper examines the class of minimum gradable adjectives (minimum GAs), the standards of whose positive forms are traditionally characterized in terms of minimum degrees. Using profitable as a case study, I argue that their standards are better characterized using zero degrees, which may not be minimum degrees. Moreover, I show that this zero-standard interpretation cannot be derived by existing approaches, and propose that it is derived by a newcompositional mechanism, which also derives the truth conditions of plain comparatives and is different from the one that derives the relative-standard interpretation of a positive form.
How to Cite
Qing, C. (2021). Zero or minimum degree? Rethinking minimum gradable adjectives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 733-750.