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Query Details


Query Subject:   Adjectives Modifying Sentence-Level Adverbs
Author:   Elizabeth Coppock
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Semantics

Query:   Hi linguists,

I am looking for formal semantic treatments of sentence-level adverbs like
'possibly' and 'obviously' modifying an attributive adjective, as in 'an
obviously tall man', 'a possibly relevant article', etc. I am finding lots
of treatments of these kinds of adverbs modifying sentences, as in
'Obviously, he will come,' but I am unable to find anything on the
adjective-modifying case. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I
would be much obliged.

Thanks!

Elizabeth Coppock
eecoppock@gmail.com
Postdoctoral Scholar
Lund University
LL Issue: 21.5200
Date posted: 21-Dec-2010



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