Een opmerkelijk bijwoord van graad: licht | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



The word ’light’, meaning , can be used as an (adverb of degree). As such it is unique, because it can function both as a a and an In the latter function it combines with (weak) modal expressions, in particular with modal infinitive constructions like ‘to understand’ and with adjectives with the suffix –, like ‘inflammable’. In combination with other adjectives and verbal expressions it functions as a . These two possibilities are due to the polysemy of .


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): adverb of degree; amplifier; downtoner; modal expression; polysemy
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