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Language, Cognition, and Mind

The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure

Experimental Perspectives

Editors: Castroviejo, Elena, McNally, Louise, Weidman Sassoon, Galit (Eds.)

  • Includes pioneering studies of the online processing of various aspects of adjectival semantics
  • Provides new quantitative evidence concerning hypotheses from formal semantic theories
  • Promotes the interaction between researchers in linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology and philosophy on the semantics of natural language
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This volume is the first to focus specifically on experimental studies of the semantics of gradability, scale structure and vagueness. It presents support for and challenges to current formal analyses of these phenomena in view of experimentally collected data, highlighting the ways semantic and pragmatic theory can benefit from experimental methodologies. The papers in the volume contribute to an explicit and detailed account of the use, representation, and online processing of gradable and vague expressions using various kinds of controlled speaker judgment tasks, eye tracking, and ERP. The aim is to strengthen the foundations of experimental semantics and promote interaction between linguists, psycholinguists, psychologists, and philosophers who are interested in the semantics of natural language. Using data representing different languages and a variety of nominal and adjectival constructions, including degree modification and comparatives, the contributions address scale-based classifications of gradable predicates, such as the absolute vs. relative distinction; the nature of the standards for applicability of gradable expressions and the ways in which standards are determined; the nature of dimensions and multidimensionality in the meaning of scalar expressions; and the role of embodiment, subjectivity, and sociolinguistic considerations in the use and understanding of gradable expressions.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure: From the Armchair to the Lab

    Castroviejo, Elena (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Are Gaps Preferred to Gluts? A Closer Look at Borderline Contradictions

    Égré, Paul (et al.)

    Pages 25-58

  • Multidimensionality, Subjectivity and Scales: Experimental Evidence

    Solt, Stephanie

    Pages 59-91

  • Online Processing of “Real” and “Fake”: The Cost of Being Too Strong

    Schumacher, Petra B. (et al.)

    Pages 93-111

  • Gradable Nouns as Concepts Without Prototypes

    Vries, Hanna

    Pages 113-147

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77790-0
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure
Book Subtitle
Experimental Perspectives
Editors
  • Elena Castroviejo
  • Louise McNally
  • Galit Weidman Sassoon
Series Title
Language, Cognition, and Mind
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77791-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77791-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77790-0
Series ISSN
2364-4109
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 293
Topics