Re: need hedge words

Martine De Cock (Martine.DeCock@rug.ac.be)
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 16:08:14 +0200 (MET DST)

On Fri, 9 Apr 1999, Conan wrote:

> Dear fuzzy experts,
>
> Can someone please provide a comprehensive list of hedge words (English)?

The notion "hedge" was introduced by George Lakoff. In

"Hedges : a Study in Meaning Criteria and the Logic of Fuzzy Concepts",
Journal of Philosophical Logic, 2(1973), 458-508

he gives a list of more than 60 'hedges and related phenomena', including
sort of, kind of, rather, basically, very, often, almost, as it were, in
one sense, a regular, so to say, in name only, really, pseudo-, he calls
himself a, ... and many others.

I've tried to find a clear definition of the notion "hedge", but I haven't
found one yet. Helpful suggestions are off course always very welcome!
In FST the notion "hedge" is often identified with "adverb with an
adjective", but that excludes hedges like "a regular" (e.g. in "a regular
bachelor"). In linguistics on the other hand, "hedge" is often associated
with weakening, deintensification; this means that "rather" is considered
to be a hedge, but "very" isn't.

Best regards,
A fuzzy girl from Flanders, Belgium,
Martine.

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Martine De Cock
e-mail : Martine.DeCock@rug.ac.be
Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Gent
Krijgslaan 281 (S9)
B-9000 Gent (Belgium)

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