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Gradability in natural language : logical and grammatical foundations

Author: Heather Burnett
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Series: Oxford studies in semantics and pragmatics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book presents a new theory of the relationship between vagueness, context-sensitivity, gradability, and scale structure in natural language. Heather Burnett argues that it is possible to distinguish between particular subclasses of adjectival predicates--relative adjectives like tall, total adjectives like dry, partial adjectives like wet, and non-scalar adjectives like hexagonal--on the basis of how their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Burnett
ISBN: 0198724799 9780198724797 9780198724803 0198724802
OCLC Number: 920862659
Description: xv, 212 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Vagueness and linguistic analysis --
Context sensitivity and vagueness patterns --
The delineation tolerant, classical, strict framework --
Scale structure in delineation semantics --
Beyond delineation semantics --
Beyond the adjectival domain --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Oxford studies in semantics and pragmatics.
Responsibility: Heather Burnett.

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This book presents a new theory of the relationship between vagueness, context-sensitivity, gradability, and scale structure in natural language. Heather Burnett proposes a new formal reasoning  Read more...

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