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This paper investigates adverbial superlative expressions in Dutch that have a temporal interpretation, i.e. that contain the forms ‘first’, ‘latest’, and ‘earliest’. I focus on possessive superlatives and superlatives embedded under the preposition . Although both constructions contain bare superlatives and are interpreted temporally, they represent semantically and pragmatically different readings, and attach to the sentence in structurally different ways. I present a semantic analysis of both types of superlatives, and I show what this entails for how time adverbials interact with superlatives.


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