Decomposing notions of adjectival transitivity in Navajo

Natural Language Semantics 21 (3):277-314 (2013)
Points of variation manifested by adjectives crosslinguistically have received much recent attention in the literature. This paper argues that one way in which adjectives may differ is in their projection of a degree argument position in the syntax. Under standard analyses of adjectival meaning, semantic transitivity implies syntactic transitivity. However, the Navajo data presented in this paper suggests that while all Navajo adjectives have a degree argument in their semantics, syntactic projection of the degree argument is only licensed by special morphology on the adjective
Keywords Adjectives  Degree semantics  Comparison  Transitivity  Navajo
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DOI 10.1007/s11050-012-9093-2
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