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ERIC Number: ED536443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 350
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-4916-2
Measurement and Modality: The Scalar Basis of Modal Semantics
Lassiter, Daniel
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New York University
This dissertation argues that modal expressions and gradable expressions in English can and should be treated using the same semantic apparatus. The formal theory that I develop is closely related to standard theories of gradability, comparison, and measurement which are built on abstract degrees. However, I show that certain issues are clarified by taking an (essentially equivalent) algebraic perspective which derives degrees from structures built around binary orders. This approach, in turn, will allow us to pose new questions and derive new conclusions regarding the structures underlying epistemic, deontic, and bouletic modals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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