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Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

Graded Modality

Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives

Daniel Lassiter

Graded Modality

Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

Graded Modality

Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives

Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics: Graded Modality

 

This book explores graded expressions of modality, such as more likely than and quite possible, which provide a rich and underexplored source of insight into modal semantics. The volume explores and expands the typology of scales among English adjectives and uses the result to shed light on the meanings of a variety of epistemic and deontic modals.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics: Graded Modality

This book explores graded expressions of modality, a rich and underexplored source of insight into modal semantics. Studies on modal language to date have largely focussed on a small and non-representative subset of expressions, namely modal auxiliaries such as must, might, and ought. Here, Daniel Lassiter argues that we should expand the conversation to include gradable modals such as more likely than, quite possible, and
very good. He provides an introduction to qualitative and degree semantics for graded meaning, using the Representational Theory of Measurement to expose the complementarity between these apparently opposed perspectives on gradation. The volume explores and expands the typology of scales among English adjectives and uses the result to shed
light on the meanings of a variety of epistemic and deontic modals. It also demonstrates that modality is deeply intertwined with probability and expected value, connecting modal semantics with the cognitive science of uncertainty and choice.


ISBN
9780198701347
Pagina's
304
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Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics
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300
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1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
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OUP Oxford

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