Predicative Adverbs: Evidence from Polish

Agnieszka Patejuk, Adam Przepiórkowski
2020 Linguistic Inquiry  
This squib argues that adverbs can act as primary predicates. In Polish, a relatively large class of adverbs are frequently used in predicative constructions when the subject of predication is an InfP (infinitival phrase) or a CP referring to abstract objects: event kinds or facts. This requirement of a purely verbal rather than nominal subject of predication is the main difference between predicative adverbs and predicative adjectives, explaining contrasts between their syntactic behavior in
more » ... actic behavior in extraction and coordination. Predicative adverbs usually express attitudes toward event kinds or facts and often combine with dative experiencers; in the case of InfP subjects, dative experiencers obligatorily control the subject.
doi:10.1162/ling_a_00394 fatcat:6ofnj6tscrhjpncxguq5ba4q6m