Generics, Frequency Adverbs, and Probability

@article{Cohen1999GenericsFA,
  title={Generics, Frequency Adverbs, and Probability},
  author={A. Cohen},
  journal={Linguistics and Philosophy},
  year={1999},
  volume={22},
  pages={221-253}
}
  • A. Cohen
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Linguistics and Philosophy
Generics and frequency statements are puzzling phenomena: they are lawlike, yet contingent. They may be true even in the absence of any supporting instances, and extending the size of their domain does not change their truth conditions. Generics and frequency statements are parametric on time, but not on possible worlds; they cannot be applied to temporary generalizations, and yet are contingent. These constructions require a regular distribution of events along the time axis. Truth judgments… Expand
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