Negating gradable adjectives

Chris Collins

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    In this short paper, I analyze the syntax and semantics of the prefix un- with gradable adjectives like unhappy and compare it to the syntax and semantics of not. Within the framework of Collins and Postal (2014), I propose that un- and not have the same semantics but negate different constituents, accounting for the differences in interpretation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)121-137
    Number of pages17
    JournalNatural Language Semantics
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - Sep 2023


    • Degree quantification
    • Gradable adjectives
    • Klima tests
    • Litotes
    • Negation
    • Quantifier domain restriction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Philosophy
    • Linguistics and Language


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