Copredication, polysemy and context-sensitivity

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 65 (8):1066-1082 (2022)
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ABSTRACT Copredication, as exhibited by sentences such as ‘That book is heavy but informative,’ is commonly seen as a phenomenon that is tied to sentences featuring polysemous expressions. David Liebesman and Ofra Magidor have recently attacked this view by arguing that ‘book’ has a single context-sensitive sense. The first aim of the present paper is to show that Liebesman and Magidor are wrong to claim that ‘book’ is univocal, but that they may nonetheless be right to question that copredication requires polysemy. Its second aim is to consider implications of this result for the debates on copredication and on semantic variability.



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Emanuel Viebahn
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