Adjectives are comparatively less well studied than the lexical categories of nouns and verbs. The present volume brings together studies in the syntax and semantics of adjectives. Four of the contributions investigate the syntax of adjectives in a variety of languages (English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Serbocroatian). The theoretical issues explored include: the syntax of attributive and predicative adjectives, the syntax of nominalized adjectives and the identification of adjectives as a distinct lexical category in Mandarin Chinese. A further four contributions examine different aspects in the semantics of adjectives in English, French, and Spanish, dealing with superlatives, comparatives, and aspect in adjectives. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students in syntax, formal semantics, and language typology.
1. Adjectives: An introduction (by Cabredo Hofherr, Patricia); 2. Part I. Syntax; 3. Syntactic positions of attributive adjectives (by Aljovic, Nadira); 4. The syntactic differences between long and short forms of Russian adjectives (by Babby, Leonard H.); 5. The name of the adjective (by Borer, Hagit); 6. Adjectives in Mandarin Chinese: The rehabilitation of a much ostracized category (by Paul, Waltraud); 7. Part II. Semantics; 8. Comparisons of similarity and difference (by Alrenga, Peter); 9. Characterizing superlative quantifiers (by Gutierrez-Rexach, Javier); 10. Superlative adjectives and the licensing of non-modal infinitival subject relatives (by Sleeman, Petra); 11. Sentential complementation of adjectives in French (by Leger, Catherine); 12. Spanish adjectives within bounds (by Marin, Rafael); 13. Languages index; 14. Subject index