Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior

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The goal of this short paper is to show that esthetic adjectives—exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”—do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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Aesthetic Adjectives.McNally, Louise & Stojanovic, Isidora

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Experimental Philosophy of Aesthetics.Cova, Florian; Garcia, Amanda & Liao, Shen-yi

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