Alternatives and jurisdiction in predication


  • Mathieu Paillé



While many predicates can compose consistently (e.g. 'This dog is happy'), some can only compose via conjunctive material like additive particles (e.g. 'This comedy is #(also) a tragedy'). This paper asks what relation must exist between predicates for them to fall in the latter category. In previous work, I suggested that predicates require 'also' if they come from the same conceptual taxonomy. In the present paper, I show that another factor is at play, namely whether two predicates contribute the same kind of information (‘have the same jurisdiction’) in a given sentence. In particular, same-taxonomy predicates stop requiring 'also' when they are interpreted with a different jurisdiction. From the observation that jurisdiction is pertinent to whether 'also' is required, I suggest that jurisdictional identity is in fact the only factor in whether two expressions require an additive; bringing in the notion of taxonomic co-membership is superfluous.




How to Cite

Paillé, M. (2023). Alternatives and jurisdiction in predication. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 27, 483–499.