Degree modification and manner adverbs: Greek: poli ‘very’ vs. kala ‘well’

Zoe Gavriilidou, Anastasia Giannakidou

Abstract


In this study, we discuss the distribution of the degree modifier poli ‘very’ and the degree readings of the manner adverb kala ‘well’ in order to provide cross-linguistic support for the generality of the Kennedy & Mc Nally (2005) typology of scale structure of gradable predicates. We show that poli ‘very’ distributes with open scale predicates. We also show that the degree readings of kala ‘well’ arise when kala combines with incremental predicates, while the manner-quality only reading is produced when kala combines with classic telic verbs.

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degree modifier, intensification, scalar predicate, incremental predicate, telic predicate

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