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On the adverbial reading of infrequency adjectives and the structure of the DP

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss Occasional Constructions (OCs) in English, German, Greek, and Italian. While English and Italian readily allow OCs, albeit with a different set of determiners, these are absent from the grammar of Greek and are much less frequent, if possible at all, in German. Building on Heycock &#38; Zamparelli (2005), and Zamparelli (2008), we propose that the determiners licensing OCs in English and the sole determiner allowing it in Italian (<i>qualche</i>) are those that are generated in a plurality phrase. Greek lacks such determiners altogether and as a result. it also lacks OCs. German seems to be somewhere in between, pointing to a dual status of its determiners.

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