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Could both be right? Children's and adults' sensitivity to subjectivity in language

@article{Foushee2017CouldBB,
  title={Could both be right? Children's and adults' sensitivity to subjectivity in language},
  author={Ruthe Foushee and M. Srinivasan},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
  year={2017}
}
While some word meanings, like “spotted,” depend on intersubjectively accessible properties of the world, others like “pretty” invoke speakers’ subjective beliefs. We explored children and adults’ sensitivity to the subjectivity of a range of adjectives, including words like “spotted” and “pretty,” but also words like “tall,” which are evaluated relative to a standard. Participants saw two speakers who had independently experienced sets of exemplars of a novel object kind disagree about whether… Expand

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