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      Commonalities and Differences in the Interpretation of Predicates of Personal Taste vs. Relational Locative Expressions: Some Theoretical Considerations and Experimental Evidence

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          We compare two types of expressions that have been claimed to exhibit perspective-sensitivity in their semantics, predicates of personal taste like, e.g., fun, or tasty, with relational locative expressions as, e.g., to the left of, with respect to their semantic properties. While, at first blush, there are some properties shared by the two classes of expressions, the differences in semantic behaviour between them outweigh the commonalities. Having established these theoretical differences, we compare the two types of expressions in a two-alternative forced choice experiment. Our results indicate that there are considerable differences in the way the two kinds of expressions are comprehended. We discuss these differences in light of the view that perspective-sensitivity has a uniform semantic core.

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                Journal
                2056-6700
                Open Library of Humanities
                Open Library of Humanities
                2056-6700
                09 September 2020
                2020
                : 6
                : 2
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Goettingen, DE
                [2 ]University of Southern California, US
                Article
                10.16995/olh.513
                Copyright: © 2020 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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