Vagueness and discourse dynamics

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Carter, Sam. (2022). Vagueness and discourse dynamics. In In Altshuler, Daniel (Ed.). Linguistics Meets Philosophy pp. 337 - 357 Cambridge University Press.
AuthorsCarter, Sam
EditorsAltshuler, Daniel

This chapter offers a synoptic survey of work on the discourse dynamics of vague language. It starts by briefly introduction to the traditional philosophical puzzles of vagueness, to do with indeterminacy and tolerance. From there, it turns to evidence that vague language exhibits nontrivial discourse dynamics. Different approaches to the discourse dynamics of vagueness are taxonomized and critically evaluated. The chapter concludes by considering the prospects of leveraging an account of the dynamics of vague language to provide a solution to the traditional puzzles of vagueness.

Keywordsvagueness; discourse dynamics; local context; indeterminacy; tolerance
Page range337 - 357
Year01 Jan 2022
Book titleLinguistics Meets Philosophy
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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