He was also unspecific on exactly what personal data was accessed.
In the furniture stores we visit, I’m filled with a strange unspecific desire.
It’s broad-strokes idealism, soft at the center and deliberately unspecific, but what saves it is Mr.
Suspension of existential commitment may group with availability of unspecific readings for explanatory purposes.
However, unspecific readings of VPs with quantified complements are harder to hear, at least when the quantifier is existential.
The lavish praise and unspecific promises of Mr Trump probably mean that Mr Netanyahu can now give his heels a rest from digging in.
The Yazidis asked to see the State Department’s maps of northern Iraq; they found them to be hopelessly unspecific, marking only major towns and roads.
We have distinguished three “marks” or effects of intensionality: substitution-resistance, the availability of unspecific readings, and existence-neutrality.
Evaluative verbs present the converse challenge: substitution-resistance but apparently no unspecific readings of embedding VPs, certainly not existential ones.
A context may be deemed intensional if it contains a phrase with a quantifier that allows for an “unspecific” reading (see the entry on intensional transitive verbs).
Churchill denounced Labour as the party of socialism and perhaps of totalitarianism while promising strong leadership and grand but unspecific measures of social reform.
Of course, the proposed restriction of unspecific readings to existentials is controversial (cf. our earlier example, ‘Guercino is looking for every dog on Aldrovandi’s estate’).
Unintentionally, my parents brought me and my brother up completely gender-unspecific, part of a drama-less four in the village my family still live in: Skelmanthorpe in Huddersfield.
The specific-unspecific ambiguity in ‘Lex fears that an extraterrestrial is nearby’ is explained in terms of scope ambiguity, the notional or unspecific reading corresponding to
Abelard apparently is well aware of the fact that the concept of sign that results from taking into account all these cases as instances of signification is not only general but also unspecific.
As per Asymmetrical dependence, it is characteristic of determinates that they asymmetrically necessitate their associated determinables, thanks to the distinctively unspecific nature of determinables.
It was like a welling, congested, sentimental weepiness without an object, as emotions triggered by images of, say, a depressed-looking girl smoking in bed and some unspecific tragedy in a crowded street sought cathartic resolution, in vain.
That’s partly because Proust, utterly specific about the intricacies of the psyche, is cleverly unspecific about physical types: there are hardly any curvaceous bosoms or rounded bottoms, as in Zola, just an undifferentiated paradise of pure sensation.
Petty’s songs are unspecific enough that they become vulnerable to many kinds of interpretation—and there is a recurrent internal vagueness that redirects his suffering antiheroes away from the real heart of the matter and off, instead, into the great wide open.
If the seeming appearance of there being irreducible determinables can be defended against objections, however, the philosophical work these can do in encoding distinctively unspecific aspects of reality (as per the applications in §5) would constitute additional positive support for their posit.
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