Restricted quantification over tastes

Galit W. Sassoon

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This paper provides an analysis of statements with predicates of personal taste (tasty, fun, etc.) Rather than directly relativizing semantic interpretation to a judge (cf., Lasersohn, 2005), this paper aims to capture the phenomenon called 'faultless disagreement' (the fact that one can deny a speaker's subjective utterance without challenging the speaker's opinion) by means of pragmatic restrictions on quantification domains. Using vagueness models, a statement like the cake is tasty is analyzed as true in a partial context c iff it is true in the set of completions t consistent with c (Kamp, 1975), wherein tasty denotes different, contextually possible, taste measures (Kennedy, 1999). Phrases like for me restrict the set of completions to those with taste measures consistent with the speaker's taste. Faultless disagreement naturally follows assuming speakers accommodate or reject implicit restrictions of this sort (Lewis, 1979).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLogic, Language and Meaning - 17th Amsterdam Colloquium, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Amsterdam Colloquium on Logic, Language and Meaning - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Dec 200918 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6042 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th Amsterdam Colloquium on Logic, Language and Meaning


  • Taste
  • context restriction
  • faultless disagreement
  • vagueness


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