29.2876, Books: The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure: Castroviejo, McNally, Weideman-Sassoon (eds.)

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Subject: 29.2876, Books: The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure: Castroviejo, McNally, Weideman-Sassoon (eds.)

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Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:59:00
From: Helen van der Stelt [Helen.vanderStelt at springer.com]
Subject: The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure: Castroviejo, McNally, Weideman-Sassoon (eds.)

 


Title: The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure 
Subtitle: Experimental Perspectives 
Series Title: Language, Cognition, and Mind  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Springer
	   http://www.springer.com
	

Book URL: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319777900 


Editor: Elena Castroviejo
Editor: Louise McNally
Editor: Galit Weideman-Sassoon

Hardback: ISBN:  9783319777900 Pages: 299 Price: Europe EURO 93.59


Abstract:

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.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                     Psycholinguistics
                     Semantics


Written In: English  (eng)

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