In this paper, we argue that same is fundamentally different from different, in thatsame imposes a discourse condition on eventualities, while different compares individuals. This difference has not been noted in previous literature. Furthermore, in the literature on same, there has been a persistent puzzle about the contribution of the definite article with whichsame must co-occur. We show that this puzzle is resolved once the contribution of same is adjusted to apply to eventualities: then the definite article can be interpreted in the usual way, as generating a presupposition about individuals.

Daniel Hardt
Line Mikkelsen
Publication date: 
June 11, 2015
Publication type: 
Recent Publication
Hardt, Daniel and Line Mikkelsen. 2015. Same but different. Linguistics and Philosophy 38: 289-314. DOI: 10.1007/s10988-015-9176-x.