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Workshop on Scalar Meaning

Adverbs of Degree, Range and Amount
Roger Schwarzschild, Rutgers

May 19, 2006
University of Chicago

Alot can be adverbial: run alot, eat alot, like it alot. It can also be used in non-verbal contexts eg alot taller, alot of foam. A similar pattern is found with related expressions eg too much, very much. Various kinds of interpretations have been identified for these expressions when used adverbially depending on the verb or verb phrase they occur in. I use analyses of these expressions in non-verbal contexts to elucidate their adverbial uses. I then very briefly discuss the grammar associated with the various interpretations.