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- n. The absence of a clear boundary, or the presence of a continuous spectrum of meaning, between two words or categories
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But I can draw attention to the gradience that exists between nouns and verbs - or, more precisely, between deverbal nouns via verbal nouns to participles - where it's fascinating to see the range of nuances of expression which English provides.
Upon the more intimate union, or the blending and gradience of contrasts from one to another mutually, depend some of the most fascinating effects of colouring.
He considers to what extent gradience is a grammatical phenomenon or a by-product of imperfect linguistic description, and makes a series of linked proposals for its theoretical formalization.
This is the first exhaustive investigation of gradience in syntax, conceived of as grammatical indeterminacy.
It looks at gradience in English word classes, phrases, clauses and constructions, and examines how it may be defined and differentiated.