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Baron defends!

Many congratulations to Christopher Baron, who successfully and excellently defended his dissertation on August 15, 2022, titled The Logic of Subtractives, or, Barely anyone tried almost as hard as me!

The dissertation analyzes the elements “almost and “barely”, proposing a formal analysis in which they are subtractive modifiers of quantifiers that via exhaustification result in exceptive meanings. The resulting theory is then used to examine the compositional structure of comparative and equative constructions as well as numeral constructions.