Two Kinds of Degree-denoting Relatives: Hebrew versus Romanian

Alexander Grosu*

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This paper conducts a contrastive study of Hebrew and Romanian, with supporting data from additional languages, which pursues both descriptive and theoretical goals. On the descriptive level, it draws attention to a hitherto unnoticed and unanalyzed construction that has so far been detected in Romanian and Albanian only, and which although superfi cially similar to a kind of degree-denoting relative construction that is widely attested cross-linguistically (and thus, in both Hebrew and Romanian), nonetheless diff ers from it in subtle semantic and pragmatic ways, as well as in a more restricted range of expressive options. Observationally, the rare construction diff ers from the more common one in lacking the defi nite determiner that characterizes the latter, and is labeled for this reason 'B(are) D(egree-denoting) R(elative) C(lause) C(onstruction).' On the theoretical level, this paper off ers explicit compositional semantic analyses of the two constructions, which hopefully capture both the similarities and the diff erences between them. Th e constructions are examined against the background of an up-dated variety of the typology of RCCs proposed in Grosu & Landman ( 1998 ).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-203
Number of pages28
JournalBrill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • degree
  • degree relative
  • maximality/uniqueness
  • measure unit
  • restricted individual


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