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Think Generic!: The Meaning and Use of Generic Sentences Dissertations in Linguistics

Ariel Cohen

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ISBN 10: 1575862085 / ISBN 13: 9781575862088
Editorial: CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA, 1999
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xiii, references, 224 pages. Light rubbing, and scuffing to cover and page edge extremities. Sound spine, clean cover, unmarked interior pages. N° de ref. de la librería 4852

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Título: Think Generic!: The Meaning and Use of ...

Editorial: CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA

Año de publicación: 1999

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro:Very Good

Edición: First paper edition

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Our knowledge about the world is often expressed by generic sentences, yet their meanings are far from clear. This book provides answers to central problems concerning generics: what do they mean? Which factors affect their interpretation? How can one reason with generics? Cohen proposes that the meanings of generics are probability judgments, and shows how this view accounts for many of their puzzling properties, including lawlikeness. Generics are evaluated with respect to alternatives. Cohen argues that alternatives are induced by the kind as well as by the predicated property, and thus provides a uniform account of the varied interpretations of generics. He studies the formal properties of alternatives and provides a compositional account of their derivation by focus and presupposition. Cohen uses his semantics of generics to provide a formal characterization of adequate default reasoning, and proves some desirable results of this formalism.

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This book provides a new approach to central problems concerning generic sentences. Cohen proposes that the meanings of generics are probability judgments, and shows how this view accounts for many of their puzzling properties, including lawlikeness. He uses his semantics of generics to provide a formal characterization of adequate default reasoning.

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