The paper deals with the development of certain preference expressions (in particular 'rather') against the background of language change. Following results from narrow syntax, a diachronic reanalysis at the level of Logical Form is proposed. Synchronically, certain actuality entailments (Bhatt 1999/2006) are observed and a structural analysis capitalizing on Hacquard (2009) is proposed.
"Structure-Sensitivity in Actuality: Notes from a Class of Preference Expressions,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 17
, Article 14.
Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol17/iss1/14