Mass nouns, vagueness and semantic variation

@article{Chierchia2009MassNV,
  title={Mass nouns, vagueness and semantic variation},
  author={Gennaro Chierchia},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2009},
  volume={174},
  pages={99-149}
}
The mass/count distinction attracts a lot of attention among cognitive scientists, possibly because it involves in fundamental ways the relation between language (i.e. grammar), thought (i.e. extralinguistic conceptual systems) and reality (i.e. the physical world). In the present paper, I explore the view that the mass/count distinction is a matter of vagueness. While every noun/concept may in a sense be vague, mass nouns/concepts are vague in a way that systematically impairs their use in… CONTINUE READING
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