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Uncertain luck and counterfactual stupidity

 

I argue that predicates of relative stupidity do have at-issue entailments, contra Barker 2002, based on evidence from their interaction with epistemic modals and with counterfactuals. Their at-issue entailments arise from a modal, comparative semantics.

 
citation

Condoravdi, C. Uncertain luck and counterfactual stupidity. Fourth Workshop on Inferential Mechanisms and their Linguistic Manifestation; 2008 July 18-19; University of Kyoto, Japan.