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Graded Modality: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives

Daniel Lassiter


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 ... More

Keywords: Semantics, pragmatics, modality, lexical semantics, gradation, tegradability, measurement, epistemic modality, deontic modality, probability, decision theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198701347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Lassiter, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University