Modified fractions, granularity and scale structure

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Abstract

Pragmatic enrichments arising from the use of modified fractions have been little studied, but offer interesting insights into the subtleties of scale structure and granularity. In this chapter I present some new experimental data on the interpretation of these expressions. I argue that these data suggest that modified fractions, like modified integers, give rise to pragmatic enrichments which are conditioned by scale granularity, but that we need to refine the notion of granularity somewhat to extend it to this domain. There is also evidence for enrichments that are not easily captured in classical quantity implicature terms, but which I suggest could be explained by appeal to typicality effects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure
Subtitle of host publicationExperimental Perspectives
EditorsElena Castroviejo, Louise McNally, Galit Weidman Sassoon
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
Pages221-241
ISBN (Electronic)9783319777917
ISBN (Print)9783319777900
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2018

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