Since its first appearance in 1966, the notion of a supervaluation has been regarded by many as a powerful tool for dealing with semantic gaps. Only recently, however, applications to semantic gluts have also been considered. In previous work, I proposed a general framework exploiting the intrinsic gap/glut duality. Here I also examine an alternative account where gaps and gluts are eventually treated on a par: although they reflect opposite situations, the semantic upshot is the same in both cases-some expressions are not uniquely defined. Other strategies for generalizing supervaluations are considered and some comparative facts are discussed

Super-Duper Supervaluations

1994

Abstract

Since its first appearance in 1966, the notion of a supervaluation has been regarded by many as a powerful tool for dealing with semantic gaps. Only recently, however, applications to semantic gluts have also been considered. In previous work, I proposed a general framework exploiting the intrinsic gap/glut duality. Here I also examine an alternative account where gaps and gluts are eventually treated on a par: although they reflect opposite situations, the semantic upshot is the same in both cases-some expressions are not uniquely defined. Other strategies for generalizing supervaluations are considered and some comparative facts are discussed
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