In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 8. pp. 197-207 (2003)

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David Nicolas
École Normale Supérieure
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What semantics should we attribute to nouns like "wisdom" and "generosity", which are derived from gradable adjectives? We show that, from a morphosyntactic standpoint, these nouns are mass nouns. This leads us to consider and answer the following questions. How are these nouns interpreted in their various uses? What formal representations may one associate with their interpretations? How do these depend on the semantics of the adjective? And where lies the semantic unity of nouns like wisdom and generosity with the more familiar concrete mass nouns, like wine and furniture?
Keywords trope  abstract noun  adjective  mass noun  noun
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The Logic of Mass Expressions.David Nicolas - 2018 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Towards a Semantics for Mass Expressions Derived From Gradable Expressions.David Nicolas - 2010 - Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes 39:163-198.
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