Taste predicates and the acquaintance inference.

Ninan, Dilip.


  • Simple sentences containing predicates like "tasty and "beautiful" typically suggest that the speaker has first-hand knowledge of the item being evaluated. I consider two explanations of this "acquaintance inference": a presuppositional approach, and a pragmatic-epistemic approach. The presuppositional approach has a number of virtues, but runs into trouble because the acquaintance inference has ... read more
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  • Ninan, Dilip. "Taste Predicates and the Acquaintance Inference." Semantics and Linguistic Theory 24 (April 5, 2015): 290. doi:10.3765/salt.v24i0.2413.
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