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Introduction to Vagueness

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This part represents diagonally opposite positions concerned with the connections between vagueness and context dependence. The motivation for Two Theories about Adjectives (TTAA) was a problem that Richard Montague addresses in English as a Formal Language. The vagueness of adjectives is typically of a quite special sort, and subject to particular strategies for resolution or reduction. From a current perspective these two papers both as precursors, each in its own way, of a growing trend mostly within linguistics, but increasingly also within philosophy of seeing context-dependence as a central aspect of vagueness in natural language predicates and to identify and disentangle the different contextual factors that can influence the use and interpretation of such predicates. Current work on multi-dimensional adjectives is an indication of how work in this area of research is becoming much more sophisticated, both as regards the methods and tools of analysis and the questions asked.

Keywords:context; language; two theories about adjectives (TTAA); vagueness



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