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Gradability in Natural LanguageLogical and Grammatical Foundations$
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Heather Burnett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724797.001.0001

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The Delineation Tolerant, Classical, Strict framework

The Delineation Tolerant, Classical, Strict framework

(p.55) 4 The Delineation Tolerant, Classical, Strict framework
Gradability in Natural Language

Heather Burnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the Del-TCS non-classical logical system for modelling the relationship between context sensitivity, vagueness, and gradability in the adjectival domain. An analysis of the context sensitivity/vagueness patterns described in Chapter 3 within this framework is given and the empirical predictions that the analysis makes for a wide range of semantic and pragmatic phenomena associated with adjectival predicates is discussed. Empirical phenomena analyzed in this chapter include: universal/existential context sensitivity, (a)symmetric vagueness, adjectival (non-)gradability, scalar “coercion,” and the distribution of for phrases.

Keywords:   Delineation semantics, TCS, non-classical logic, strict weak orders, vagueness

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