Metalinguistic gradability

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Rachel Etta Rudolph
Alexander W. Kocurek


We present a novel semantic and conversational framework for a class of gradable-like constructions. These include metalinguistic comparatives, like ‘Ann is more a linguist than a philosopher’, as well as metalinguistic equatives, degree modifications, and conditionals. To the extent previous literature discusses such metalinguistic gradability, the focus has been on comparatives. We extend our account of metalinguistic comparatives (Rudolph & Kocurek 2020) to cover a broader range of metalinguistic gradable constructions. On our semantic expressivist view, these all serve in various ways to express speakers’ relative commitments to different linguistic interpretations.


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