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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Logical Geometry of Comparison and Quantification. A cross-categorial analysis of Dutch determiners and aspectual adverbs Add Dissertation
Author: Hans Smessaert Update Dissertation
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Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain, Slavic Department
Completed in: 1993
Linguistic Subfield(s): Semantics;
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Director(s): F. Droste
Alice Meulen

Abstract: Chapter 1 of this dissertation presents a short survey of the semantic literature on comparative constructions.

In chapter 2 an analogous semantic representation is assigned to sentences with a determiner such as meer 'more' or minder 'less' (nominal comparatives), and to sentences containing adverbs such as al langer 'already longer' or nog langer 'still longer', which refer to the internal, temporal structure of events (aspectual comparatives).

In chapter 3, algebraic structures are built by defining Boolean operations AND, OR and NOT on the sets of comparative and quantifier-relations (e.g. minstens = precies OF meer 'at least = exactly OR more', precies = niet-meer EN niet-minder 'exactly = not-more AND not-less'). The term Logical Geometry then refers to the graphical representation of these structures (and of the various logical relations) in the form of a so-called Boolean Hexagon.