On the psychology of vague predicates

Nicolao Bonini, Daniel Osherson, Riccardo Viale, Timothy Williamson

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Most speakers experience unclarity about the application of predicates like tall and red to liminal cases. We formulate alternative psychological hypotheses about the nature of this unclarity, and report experiments that provide a partial test of them. A psychologized version of the 'vagueness-as-ignorance' theory is then advanced and defended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-393
Number of pages17
JournalMind and Language
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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