Same but Different

Daniel Hardt, Line Mikkelsen

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    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.
    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    JournalLinguistics and Philosophy
    Volume38
    Issue number4
    Pages289-314
    Number of pages26
    ISSN0165-0157
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2015

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      Hardt, Daniel ; Mikkelsen, Line. / Same but Different. In: Linguistics and Philosophy. 2015 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 289-314
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      In: Linguistics and Philosophy, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2015, p. 289-314.

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      Hardt D, Mikkelsen L. Same but Different. Linguistics and Philosophy. 2015;38(4):289-314. Available from, DOI: 10.1007/s10988-015-9176-x