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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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(p.198) 8 Conclusion
Gradability in Natural Language

Heather Burnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main empirical and theoretical claims made by this work and draws some final conclusions on the nature of vagueness and scalarity in natural language. The book argues for a number of proposals concerning vagueness, context sensitivity, and the semantics and pragmatics of (non-)scalar adjectives. An analysis of these patterns within the Delineation TCS framework is given and it is shown that, from this analysis, the correct scalarity and scale structure patterns associated with the different classes of adjectives are predicted. In addition, the DelTCS analysis of adjectival context sensitivity, vagueness, and scale structure is applied to account for similar patterns displayed by determiner phrases within a mereological extension of DelTCS. It is concluded that (M)-DelTCS constitutes a well-defined and general framework for analyzing multiple aspects of the meaning of simple and syntactically complex linguistic expressions in the adjectival domain and beyond.

Keywords:   Conclusion, adjectives, determiner phrases, Delineation semantics, syntactic complexity

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