Comparison Constructions



V. Hohaus  (2015). Context and Composition: How Presuppositions Restrict the Interpretation of Free Variables. Tübingen: TOBIAS-lib Publikationssystem.

Journal Papers

V. Hohaus & M. Zimmermann (2021). “Comparisons of Equality with German SO…WIE, and the Relationship Between Degrees and Properties”. Journal of Semantics 38(1): 95-143.

V. Hohaus & M. R. Bochank (2020). “The Grammar of Degree: Gradability across Languages”. Annual Reviews of Linguistics 6: 235-259.

V. Hohaus, S. Tiemann & S. Beck (2014). “Acquisition of Comparison Constructions”. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics 21(3): 215-249.

Proceedings of Peer-Reviewed Conferences

A. R. Deal & V. Hohaus (2019). “Vague Predicates, Crisp Judgments”. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 23, 347-364. [softcopy]

V. Hohaus (2018). “How do Degrees Enter the Grammar? Language Change in Samoan from [-DSP] to [+DSP]”. Proceedings of TripleA 4, 106-120.

V. Hohaus & A. Konietzko (2017). “(Pseudo-)Extraction from VP-Proforms: The Case of the Comparative Clause”. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 31, 53-65. [softcopy]

P. Berezovskaya & V. Hohaus (2015),  “The Crosslinguistic Inventory of Phrasal Comparative Operators: Evidence from Russian”. Proceedings of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 22, 1-19.

S. Beck, V. Hohaus & S. Tiemann (2012). “A Note on Phrasal Comparatives”. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 22, 253-263 (plus appendix). [softcopy]

S. Tiemann, V. Hohaus & S. Beck (2012).  “Crosslinguistic Variation in Comparison:  Evidence from Child Language Acquisition”. In: Britta Stolterfoht & Sam Featherston (eds.),  Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory: Studies of Meaning and Structure. Berlin: de Gruyter, 115-146.

H. Gese & V. Hohaus (2012). “Building Gradable Adjectival Passives”. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 16, 146-165.

V. Hohaus. “Directed Motion as Comparison: Evidence from Samoan”. Proceedings of the Semantics of Under-Represented Languages (SULA) 6, 335-348. [softcopy]

V. Hohaus & S. Tiemann (2010). “…this much is how much I’m bigger than Joey…  A Corpus Study in the Acquisition of Comparison Constructions”. Proceedings of AcquisiLyon‘09, 90-93.

Invited Contributions

H. Gese & V. Hohaus (2012). “Der Stadtring ist befahrener als die Autobahn.  Bemerkungen zur Gradierbarkeit beim Zustandspassiv”. In: Björn Rothstein (ed.), Nicht-Flektierende Wortarten. Berlin: de Gruyter, 275-299.

Master’s Thesis

V. Hohaus (2010). “The Semantics of Motion Verbs and Comparison in Samoan”. Magisterarbeit, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.


Selected by Reviewed Abstract

“Vague Predicates, Crisp Judgments”. Sinn und Bedeutung 23, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (with Amy Rose Deal), September 2018.

“Vague Predicates, Crisp Judgments”. Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas 10, University of Toronto (with Amy Rose Deal), June 2018.

“Language Change in Samoan and the Degree Semantics Parameter”. Formal Diachronic Semantics 2, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, November 2017.

“On the Concept of Proforms”. Poznań Linguistic Meeting 45, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (with Andreas Konietzko), September 2015.

“An Empirical Investigation into the Status of Yori-Constituents in Japanese Comparatives”. Poster presented at Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 7, International Christian University, Tokyo (with Toshiko Oda & Verena Hehl), June 2014. [poster]

“Two Types of Phrasal Comparative Operators: Evidence from Russian”. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 23, University of California, Berkeley (with Polina Berezovskaya), May 2014.

“Equatives outside the Domain of Degree Constructions”. Linguistic Evidence 2014, Universität Tübingen, February 2014 (with Malte Zimmermann).

“Context Dependency in the Semantics of the Samoan Positive”. 12th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Udayana Universitas, Denpasar, Bali, July 2012.

“Gradability and Modality: Evidence from Samoan”. 19th Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, Academia Sinica, Taipeh, June 2012.

“A Note on Phrasal Comparatives”. Poster presented at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 22,  University of Chicago (with Sigrid Beck & Sonja Tiemann), May 2012.

“Building Gradable Adjectival Passives”. Sinn und Bedeutung 16, Universiteit Utrecht (with Helga Gese), September 2011.

“Reference to Degrees across Languages”. Satellite Workshop “Degree Semantics and its Interfaces,” Sinn und Bedeutung 16, Universiteit Utrecht (with Sveta Krasikova), September 2011.

“The Semantics of Comparison in Samoan”. Satellite Workshop SULA-bar, The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages of the Americas 6, The University of Manchester, May 2011.

“German and English Comparatives are Different. Evidence from Child Language Acquisition”. Poster presented at Linguistic Evidence 2010, Universität Tübingen (with Sigrid Beck & Sonja Tiemann), February 2010.

“…this much is how much I’m bigger than Joey…  A Corpus Study in the Acquisition of Comparison Constructions”. AcquisiLyon‘09, Colloques Jeunes Chercheurs en Acquisition du Langage,  Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, ENS-LSH, Université de Lyon (with Sonja Tiemann), December 2009.

By Invitation

“Superlatives: Towards a Cross-Linguistic Typology”. Workshop “Scales, Degrees and Implicatures: Novel Synergies between Semantics and Pragmatics”. Universität Potsdam, May 2021.

“Superlatives without Degrees”. Sinn und Bedeutung 25, Special Session “The Semantics of Understudied Languages and Semantic Fieldwork”. University College London & Queen Mary University of London, September 2020.

“Language Variation and Change in the Composition of Meaning”. 26th Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, University of Western Ontario, London, May 2019.

“Mapping Form to Meaning in Degreeless Languages: The Case of Covert Comparative Operators”. FMM-Workshop, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (with Amy Rose Deal), August 2018.

“Form and (Scalar) Meaning, a Typological Perspective”. Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, April 2018.

“Negative Indefinites and the Degree Equative: A Solution to Penka (2011)’s Puzzle”. Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, September 2017.

“Language Change and Variation in Comparison Constructions”. TripleA 4 Workshop, Gotenburgs Universiteit, June 2017.

“VP-Proforms in Comparative Clauses:  A Contrastive View on English and German”. Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken (with Andreas Konietzko), December 2016.

“Crosslinguistic Variation and the Time Course of L1 Acquisition: The Case of Comparison Constructions”. CELESE Colloquium Series, Waseda University, Tokyo, November 2016.

“A Semantics for Degree and Property Equatives”. Equatives Workshop, Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur, Universität zu Köln, December 2015.

“Crosslinguistic Variation in the Grammar of Alternatives”. TripleA 2, Universität Potsdam (with Anna Howell, Verena Hehl, Polina Berezovskaya,  Şehriban Erbektaş, Karolina Greipel & Konstantin Sachs).

“Unfree Free Variables”. Syntax-Semantics Colloquium, Universität Potsdam, April 2015.

“Frame Setters in (and outside of) Comparison Constructions”. Linguistics Colloquium, German Department, Universität Tübingen.

“Gradability and Modality:  A First Look at the Samoan Degree Predicate Sili“. Modality Seminar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, January 2012.

“Context Dependency and the Semantics of the Positive in Samoan”. Linguistics Department Research Seminar University of British Columbia, Vancouver, January 2012.

“Crosslinguistic Variation in the Semantics of Degree Constructions: Evidence from Samoan”. Syntax-Semantics Colloquium, Universität Potsdam, November 2011.

“Comparison in Samoan and Crosslinguistically”. Centre for Samoan Studies Seminar Series,  The National University of Samoa, Apia, September 2011.

“The Semantics of Comparison in Samoan”. Workshop “Comparison Constructions Crosslinguistically,” Universität Tübingen, May 2010.

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