SEMANTICS: an attributive adjective which can simply be interpreted as a
set, because its denotation does not depend on the noun with which it is combined.
EXAMPLE: red, female, living are extensional adjectives. The
combination of an extensional adjective with a noun is interpreted as the
intersection of the denotations of the adjective and the noun. Thus the expression
red rose is interpreted as the intersection of the set of red things and the set of
roses. (For this reason extensional adjectives are also called intersective
adjectives). This is not true for subsective adjectives (like big in
big mouse), syncategorematic adjectives (like good in good
(like present in present queen).
|LIT.||Chierchia and McConnell-Ginet (1990)|