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Adjectives, stereotypicality, and comparison

Eric McCready and Norry Ogata
Natural Language Semantics
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2007), pp. 35-63
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23752515
Page Count: 29
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Adjectives, stereotypicality, and comparison
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Abstract

Japanese has a large number of evidential and modal expressions. Many of the inferential evidentials — mitai, yoo, rashii — also have an adjectival use. On this use, they make a claim about the prototypicality of some object or individual with respect to another class of object, in the case of rashii, or about the similarity of these two objects, for yoo and mitai. This paper provides a compositional semantics for these adjectives, claiming that they are evaluated in terms of the degree to which they instantiate a set of properties (conventionally) associated with a class of object.

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