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Extension II: Gradable Adjectives and Degree Vagueness

Alex Silk

in Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198783923
eISBN:
9780191826573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783923.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Gradable adjectives not only raise (now familiar) puzzles about discourse-oriented uses of context-sensitive expressions. They also constitute a principal source of vagueness. This chapter starts by ... More


The Semantics of Evaluativity

Jessica Rett

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199602476
eISBN:
9780191779756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602476.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

The simplest form in which gradable adjectives are used—positive constructions, like John is tall—carry an additional semantic component, evaluativity, that is not part of the adjective’s lexicalized ... More


The null morpheme POS

Jessica Rett

in The Semantics of Evaluativity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199602476
eISBN:
9780191779756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602476.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter is the first installment of a history of the treatment of evaluativity in degree semantics. It begins with a brief tutorial in degree semantics and a short discussion of the ontological ... More


Gradation, scales, and degree semantics

Daniel Lassiter

in Graded Modality: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198701347
eISBN:
9780191770616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198701347.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics

Since many modal expressions in English are overtly gradable, we need to understand gradability in general if we are to understand their semantics. This chapter introduces a number of core notions in ... More


Measurement and degrees

Alexis Wellwood

in The Meaning of More

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198804659
eISBN:
9780191842870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804659.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter reviews the motivations (both conceptual and formal) for the degree-based analyses of comparatives generally, and in this way presents the basic details of the semantic framework that ... More


Verities and Truth-values

Nicholas K. Jones

in Conditionals, Paradox, and Probability: Themes from the Philosophy of Dorothy Edgington

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198712732
eISBN:
9780191781070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198712732.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter discusses Edgington’s probabilistic, degree-theoretic semantics for vagueness. After describing Edgington’s semantics, her suggestion that it and classical semantics provide ... More


Extension III Predicates of Personal Taste and Evaluation

Alex Silk

in Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198783923
eISBN:
9780191826573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783923.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 7 starts by examining “predicates of personal taste” (PPTs). It is argued that PPTs are an instance of a more interesting category of evaluational predicates, including PPTs, aesthetic ... More


Negative Islands*

Márta Abrusán

in Weak Island Semantics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199639380
eISBN:
9780191757426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639380.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter proposes an explanation for the oddness of negative islands, such as *How didn’t John behave at the party? and *How many children doesn’t John have?. These examples contrast with Who ... More


The null morpheme EVAL

Jessica Rett

in The Semantics of Evaluativity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199602476
eISBN:
9780191779756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602476.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter is the second installment of a history of the treatment of evaluativity in degree semantics. It introduces the null degree modifier EVAL proposed in Rett (2008), along with the broader ... More


The limiting theory

Alexis Wellwood

in The Meaning of More

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198804659
eISBN:
9780191842870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804659.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter considers how the compositional theory argued for in the preceding chapters might apply to a variety of additional cases where a lexical, degree-theoretic semantics has been proposed. ... More


Beyond Delineation semantics

Heather Burnett

in Gradability in Natural Language: Logical and Grammatical Foundations

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198724797
eISBN:
9780191792298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724797.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter studies a first class of extensions of the framework developed in the first part of the book: theoretical/formal extensions. More precisely, this chapter explores to what extent the ... More


Introduction

Jessica Rett

in The Semantics of Evaluativity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199602476
eISBN:
9780191779756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602476.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter presents the problem of evaluativity in the semantics of adjectival constructions. It previews the traditional account of evaluativity in positive constructions, and summarizes the ... More


Conclusion

Jessica Rett

in The Semantics of Evaluativity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199602476
eISBN:
9780191779756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602476.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter contains a summary of the work and a discussion of its role in the larger frameworks of degree semantics and the semantics/pragmatics interface. It summarizes the main themes of the book ... More


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