Some Generalised Comparative Determiners

  • Richard Zuber
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6736)


Functions denoted by specific comparative expressions called generalised comparative determiners are analysed. These expressions form verb arguments when applied to common nouns. They denote functions which take sets and a binary relation as argument and give a set as result. These functions are thus different from denotations of ”ordinary” determiners. However, they do obey some similar constraints, properly generalised. It is shown that verbal arguments obtained from such generalised determiners extend the expressive power of NLs since functions that they denote are not just case extensions of type 〈1〉 quantifiers used to interpret ”ordinary” determiner phrases.


Binary Relation Noun Phrase Common Noun Generalise Determiner Verbal Argument 
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  • Richard Zuber
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  1. 1.Rayé des cadres du CNRSParisFrance

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