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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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Beyond Delineation semantics

Beyond Delineation semantics

6 Beyond Delineation semantics
Gradability in Natural Language

Heather Burnett

Oxford University Press

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 enrichment of current theories of the semantics of gradable expressions, besides Delineation semantics (DelS), with the structure of a non-classical logic such as Tolerant, Classical, Strict, can be useful to understanding the complex relationships between context sensitivity, vagueness, and scale structure that are discussed in the first part of the book. Focus is particularly on the detailed comparison of the DelTCS framework and current analyses of the absolute/relative distinction set within Degree semantics (DegS), with particular attention to the differences and similarities between DelTCS and (a parallel formalization of) the account presented in Kennedy (2007).

Keywords:   degree semantics, delineation semantics, ontology, categorization, comparison

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