• Logic, Language and Meaning: 18th Amsterdam Colloquium (edited book)
    with Maria Aloni, V. Kimmelman, Floris Roelofsen, Katrin Schulz, and M. Westera
    Springer. 2012.
  • Proceedings of the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium 2011 (edited book)
    with Aloni Maria, Kimmelman Vadim, Roloefson Floris, Schulz Katrin, and Westera Matthjis
    Springer. 2012.
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    A Typology of Multidimensional Adjectives
    Journal of Semantics 30 (3): 335-380. 2013.
    This article presents corpus-based evidence for a typology of multidimensional adjectives, such as healthy and sick. The interpretation of these adjectives is sensitive to multiple dimensions, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood-sugar level. The study investigated the frequency of exception phrases that appear to operate on an implicit universal quantifier over adjectival dimensions, as in healthy, except for a slight cold, and not sick, except for high cholesterol. On the emerging typ…Read more
  • Proceedings of the Amsterdam Graduate Conference - Truth, Meaning, and Normativity (edited book)
    with María Inés Crespo and Dimitris Gakis
    ILLC Publications. 2011.
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    This book presents a study of the connections between vagueness and gradability, and their different manifestations in adjectives (morphological gradability effects) and nouns (typicality effects). It addresses two opposing theoretical approaches from within formal semantics and cognitive psychology. These approaches rest on different, apparently contradictory pieces of data. For example, for psychologists nouns are linked with vague and gradable concepts, while for linguists they rarely are. Th…Read more
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    Vagueness in Degree Constructions
    In Arndt Riester & Torgrim Solstad (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung 13, . 2009.
    This paper presents a novel semantic analysis of unit names and gradable adjectives, inspired by measurement theory (Krantz et al 1971). Based on measurement theory's typology of measures, I claim that different predicates are associated with different types of measures whose special characteristics, together with features of the relations denoted by unit names, explain the puzzling limited distribution of measure phrases.
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    Measurement theory in linguistics
    Synthese 174 (1): 151-180. 2010.
    This paper presents a novel semantic analysis of unit names (like pound and meter) and gradable adjectives (like tall, short and happy), inspired by measurement theory (Krantz et al. In Foundations of measurement: Additive and Polynomial Representations, 1971). Based on measurement theory’s four-way typology of measures, I claim that different adjectives are associated with different types of measures whose special characteristics, together with features of the relations denoted by unit names, e…Read more
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    The degree functions of negative adjectives
    Natural Language Semantics 18 (2): 141-181. 2010.
    This paper provides a new account of positive versus negative antonyms. The data includes well-known linguistic generalizations regarding negative adjectives, such as their incompatibility with measure phrases (cf. two meters tall/ *short) and ratio phrases (twice as tall/ #short) as well as the impossibility of truly crosspolar comparisons (*Dan is taller than Sam is short). These generalizations admit a variety of exceptions, e.g., positive adjectives that do not license measure phrases (cf. #…Read more
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    Three sources of vagueness in degree constructions
    In Arndt Riester & Torgrim Solstad (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung 13, . pp. 469--483. 2009.
    This paper presents a novel semantic analysis of unit names and gradable adjectives, inspired by measurement theory (Krantz et al 1971). Based on measurement theory's typology of measures, I claim that different predicates are associated with different types of measures whose special characteristics, together with features of the relations denoted by unit names, explain the puzzling limited distribution of measure phrases.