Modal superlatives: a compositional analysis
- Romero, Maribel.
- Natural Language Semantics 21. 79–110.
1. The debate. The gradability of modals has received considerable attention in recent literature. While some modals are undisputably gradable (e.g. more likely), there is disagreement about ‘possible’. Kratzer (2012) and Lassiter (2011) claim it is gradable; Klecha (2012) disagrees. 2. A puzzle. The central argument for gradable possibility comes from the widely attested occurrence of possibility modals in eher comparatives in German (Kratzer 1981, 2012):