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Scalar (Non-)Identity and Similarity
Peter Alrenga
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Perhaps the simplest view of the meanings of English different and the same takes these adjectives to express the relations of non-identity and identity between individuals. Such a view is inadequate in at least two respects: it cannot account for scalar uses of different and the same, and it does not predict the logical relations that hold between different and the same and the similarity predicate like. An analysis of different and the same as similarity predicates is developed that solves both of these problems. The question of whether both similarity and identity meanings exist for different and the same, and if so, what the relation between the two meanings should be, is also considered.

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Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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