Modification at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Mary Dalrymple, Xerox PARC and Stanford University

We present a 'glue semantics' analysis of the semantic contribution and role in meaning construction of intersective, gradable, and intensional adjectives as noun modifiers. Despite their very different semantic contribution, these types of adjectives all play the same straightforward role in semantic composition. We then turn to a puzzle, originally noted by Kasper (1995), that arises when modifiers are themselves modified. The solution to this puzzle leads to a refinement (not a revision) of our theory of the role of adjectives in meaning construction.