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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 the adjectival domain

Beyond the adjectival domain

(p.149) 7 Beyond the adjectival domain
Gradability in Natural Language

Heather Burnett

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 presents new data concerning the distribution of vagueness, context sensitivity, and scale structure properties outside the adjectival domain. This chapter argues that three of the four principle `scale structure’ classes of adjectives have analogues in the determiner phrase (DP) domain and that these subclasses of DPs can be distinguished in a similar (although not identical) manner to their counterparts in the adjectival domain through their vagueness, context sensitivity, and scale structure properties. A mereological extension of the DelTCS framework is given and it is demonstrated how statements concerning DP vagueness and context sensitivity within the new framework can be used to derive the mereologically based scales that are independently proposed to be associated with various kinds of DPs.

Keywords:   Determiner phrase, DP, definites, distributivity, plurality, existential, mereology

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