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The Delineation Tolerant, Classical, Strict framework

Heather Burnett

in Gradability in Natural Language

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780198724797
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191792298 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724797.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

The Delineation Tolerant, Classical, Strict framework

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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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Subjects: Semantics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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