Degree Neuter Relative Constructions


  • Jon Ander Mendia Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona


This paper presents a syntax and semantics for Degree Neuter Relatives (DNRs) in Spanish, an unusual construction involving a relative clause seemingly headed by a gradable predicate and the neuter determiner lo. I propose an analysis of DNRs that avoids compositionality problems derived from sortal mismatches between degrees and entities. In addition, I suggest that despite the cross-linguistic rarity of DNRs, it is no coincidence that they are available in Spanish: the proposed analysis relies on aspects of the morphological inventory of Spanish that allows the language to construct degreedenoting Free Relatives headed by a definite article, and so DNRs should not be expected in languages lacking this ability.


relative clauses, degree expressions, Spanish


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