Similarity demonstratives

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dc.contributor.authorUmbach, Carla
dc.contributor.authorGust, Helmer
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:08:38Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:08:38Z-
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.issn00243841
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/8377-
dc.description.abstractSimilarity demonstratives are a particular class of demonstratives found across languages, e.g., German so, English such, Polish tak and Turkish boyle. These demonstratives occur as modifiers of nominal and/or verbal and adjectival phrases posing the problem of how to reconcile their demonstrative characteristics with their modifying capacity. It is hypothesized in this paper that they express similarity to instead of identity with the target of the demonstration gesture thereby generating ad-hoc kinds. The paper focuses on the interpretation of ad-nominal and ad-adjectival occurrences of German so. An analysis is presented combining truth-conditional semantics with multidimensional attribute spaces with the help of a generalization-of adjectival measure functions. Similarity is defined in such spaces as indistinguishability with respect to a given set of relevant dimensions. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.description.sponsorshipDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFGGerman Research Foundation (DFG) [UM 100/1-1]; This article benefitted substantially from three extremely constructive and sophisticated reviews. We would like to express our gratitude to the anonymous reviewers and to the editors of the special issue, Bent Gehrke and Elena Castroviejo. Valuable comments were provided by Louise McNally, Klaus Robering, Stephanie Solt, Klaus von Heusinger and the audiences of workshops/colloquia in Osnabruck, Madrid, Bielefeld, Tubingen and Sklarska Poreba. Finally, this project has substantially benefitted from the interest and support of Ewald Lang, and from many lively discussions with him on the topic of this paper. We regret that he did not have the opportunity to see the final version. The first author acknowledges financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (UM 100/1-1).
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherELSEVIER
dc.relation.ispartofLINGUA
dc.subjectAd-hoc kinds
dc.subjectDemonstratives
dc.subjectGeneralized measure functions
dc.subjectIndistinguishability
dc.subjectLanguage & Linguistics
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subjectMulti-dimensional attribute spaces
dc.subjectSimilarity
dc.titleSimilarity demonstratives
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.lingua.2014.05.003
dc.identifier.isiISI:000343023500005
dc.description.volume149
dc.description.issueA, SI
dc.description.startpage74
dc.description.endpage93
dc.identifier.eissn18726135
dc.publisher.placeRADARWEG 29, 1043 NX AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationLingua
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