Graded Modality: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives by Daniel LassiterGraded Modality: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives by Daniel Lassiter

Graded Modality: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives

byDaniel Lassiter

Paperback | July 1, 2017

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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 thecomplementarity 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 deeplyintertwined with probability and expected value, connecting modal semantics with the cognitive science of uncertainty and choice.
Daniel Lassiter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. His research combines formal tools and experimental methods from linguistics, philosophy, and computational cognitive science to work towards a unified theory of language understanding as a cognitive phenomenon. His work has appeared in jour...
Title:Graded Modality: Qualitative and Quantitative PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:July 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198701357

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Table of Contents

Series prefacePrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of abbreviations1. Gradation, scales, and degree semantics2. Measurement theory and the typology of scales3. Previous work on graded modality: Lewis and Kratzer4. Epistemic adjectives: likely and probable5. Certainty and possibility6. Implications for the epistemic auxiliaries7. Scalar goodness8. Ought and should9. Concluding remarksReferencesIndex