Scalarity in the Domain of Verbal Prefixes

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Abstract

This paper puts forward a formal analysis of the semantics of Russian verbal prefixes that is formulated within the framework of degree semantics. Prefixes are analyzed as degree modifiers. The paper demonstrates how this analysis captures the properties of pere-, one of the most complex and challenging verbal prefixes in Russian. It is proposed that spatial, temporal, excessive, comparative, and iterative uses of this prefix can all be unified under a scalar approach. The distinctions observed between these uses are largely restricted to the types of scale and comparative standard that are involved in the semantics of the verbal phrase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-516
Number of pages34
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2013

Keywords

  • Degree semantics
  • Scalarity
  • Slavic
  • Standard of comparison
  • Verbal prefixes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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