Same but Different

Daniel Hardt, Line Mikkelsen

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we argue that same is fundamentally different from different, in that same imposes a discourse condition on eventualities, while different compares individuals. This difference has not been noted in previous literature. Furthermore, in the literature on same, there has been a persistent puzzle about the contribution of the definite article with which same must co-occur. We show that this puzzle is resolved once the contribution of same is adjusted to apply to eventualities: then the definite article can be interpreted in the usual way, as generating a presupposition about individuals.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalLinguistics and Philosophy
    Volume38
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)289-314
    Number of pages26
    ISSN0165-0157
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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