© 2011

Vagueness and Language Use

  • Paul Égré
  • Nathan Klinedinst

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Vagueness and Language Use

    1. Paul Égré, Nathan Klinedinst
      Pages 1-21
  3. Measurement and Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Scott Fults
      Pages 25-50
    3. Robert van Rooij
      Pages 51-72
    4. Christopher Kennedy
      Pages 73-97
    5. Galit W. Sassoon
      Pages 98-118
  4. Approximators and Intensifiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Uli Sauerland, Penka Stateva
      Pages 121-145
    3. Rick Nouwen
      Pages 146-164
    4. Lavi Wolf, Ariel Cohen
      Pages 165-190
  5. The Sorites Paradox

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Delia Graff Fara
      Pages 222-248
    3. Paula Sweeney, Elia Zardini
      Pages 249-282
    4. Peter Pagin
      Pages 283-307
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 308-319

About this book


This volume brings together twelve papers by linguists and philosophers contributing novel empirical and formal considerations to theorizing about vagueness. Three main issues are addressed: gradable expressions and comparison, the semantics of degree adverbs and intensifiers (such as 'clearly'), and ways of evading the sorites paradox.


comparative eros knowledge linguists model novel philosophy reason semantic semantics truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Égré
    • 1
  • Nathan Klinedinst
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut Jean-NicodParisFrance
  2. 2.University College LondonUK

About the editors

CHRIS BARKER is Professor, Department of Linguistics, New York University, USA PABLO COBREROS teaches Logic and Philosophy of Science at The University of Navarra, Spain ARIEL COHEN is Senior Lecturer of Linguistics, Ben Gurion University, Israel DELIA GRAFF FARA is Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, USA SCOTT FULTS University of Maryland, USA CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY is Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago, USA RICK NOUWEN is Senior Research Fellow, Utrecht Institute for Linguistics, The Netherlands PETER PAGIN Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, Sweden GALIT W. SASSOON Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands ULI SAUERLAND is Research Team Leader at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin, Germany PENKA STATEVA is Associate Professor of Linguistics University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia PAULA SWEENEY is Research and Operations Officer, Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, UK ROBERT VAN ROOIJ Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands LAVI WOLF Department of Foreign Literature, Ben Gurion University, Israel ELIA ZARDINI is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, UK

Bibliographic information