Swarms and degrees -- 3 experiments on Slavic swarm constructions



Year of publication 2019
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Our talk reports results of three experiments concerning swarm constructions (prototypical English examples of A-/L-swarm sentences are *Termites are swarming in my kitchen*/*My kitchen is swarming with termites*) in Czech and Slovak. The results of the experiments confirm some of the Hoeksema's (2009, 2018) claims describing L-swarms as causative degree constructions. The experiments also bring new evidence about the type of scales encoded by L-swarms. Next, Slavic data also show the pluractional nature of A-swarms on top of which L-swarms add the scalar semantics. Finally, the results of the experiments falsify some of the previous claims about the positive polarity properties of L-swarms.
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