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Tracing Thick and Thin Concepts Through Corpora

Reuter, Kevin and Baumgartner, Lucien and Willemsen, Pascale (2022) Tracing Thick and Thin Concepts Through Corpora. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Philosophers and linguists currently lack the means to reliably identify evaluative concepts and to measure their evaluative intensity. Using a corpus-based approach, we present a new method to distinguish evaluatively thick adjectives like 'courageous' from descriptive adjectives like 'narrow', and from value-associated adjectives like 'sunny'. Our study reveals that the modifiers 'truly' and 'really' frequently highlight the evaluative dimension of thick and thin adjectives, allowing for them to be uniquely classified. Based on these results, we believe the operationalization we suggest may pave the way for a more quantitative approach to the study of thick and thin concepts.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Reuter, Kevinkevin.reuter@uzh.ch0000-0003-2404-1619
Baumgartner, Lucienlucien.baumgartner@philos.uzh.ch
Willemsen, PascalePascale.Willemsen@philos.uzh.ch
Keywords: Thick Concepts; Modifiers; Truly; Evaluation; Sentiment; Corpus Studies
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Depositing User: Dr. Kevin Reuter
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 03:56
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 03:56
Item ID: 20584
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20584

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