Natural Language Semantics 20 (3):227-272 (2012)

Abstract
The semantic literature takes degree operators like the comparative, but also measure phrases, the equative, the superlative and so on, to be quantifiers over degrees. This is well motivated by their semantic contribution, but leads one to expect far more scope interaction than is actually observed. This paper proposes an alternative-semantic analysis of certain degree constructions, in particular constructions with little and other negative antonyms. Restrictions on scope can then be explained as intervention effects
Keywords Comparatives  Intervention effects  Antonyms
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DOI 10.1007/s11050-012-9081-6
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