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Alexis Wellwood

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804659.001.0001

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Beyond semantics

Beyond semantics

(p.177) 9 Beyond semantics
The Meaning of More

Alexis Wellwood

Oxford University Press

The preceding chapters of the book focused on the traditional sorts of data motivating formal semantic treatments of comparatives: productive patterns of inference, judgments of truth/falsity in context, etc. In this concluding chapter, the book connects the formal analysis with recent work in language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and cognitive science more broadly. Considering a number of observations in linguistics, cognitive psychology, and cognitive development, the chapter considers how the formal theory can (or cannot) be leveraged in order to predict or explain such observations. The chapter argues that, even given the same foundational assumptions about how the formal theory relates to conceptualization, the uniform compositional theory of comparatives offered in the book provides the tools for better explanations of such data than its competitors. In the end, the chapter considers the prospects for resolving the indeterminacy of MUCH in terms of a domain-general concept of measurement.

Keywords:   natural language metaphysics, language–cognition interface, language acquisition, magnitude estimation, psychosemantics, number, explanatory adequacy in semantics, modularity, measurement

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