UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 9 (1997)
Result clauses and the structure of degree
JONATHAN R. WHITE
I am concerned here with the structure of Degree Phrases which introduce Result clauses.
demonstrating that degree words select these clauses, I look at some previous proposals
this structure. I consider Abney's (1987) account, an extraposition-based version using
Jackendoff's (1977) work, and finally Baltin (1987), which involves both selection and
extraposition. Next, I introduce my proposal, that functional categories can project shells, and
analyse Degree Phrases in this way. Lastly, I propose a possible semantic analysis, which is
intended to demonstrate that my syntactic account is superior to the others.