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This paper defends the view that common nouns have a dual semantic structure that includes extension-determining and non-extensiondetermining components. I argue that the non-extension-determining components are part of linguistic meaning because they play a key compositional role in certain constructions, especially in privative noun phrases such as fake gun and counterfeit document. Furthermore, I show that if we modify the compositional interpretation rules in certain simple ways, this dualdoi:10.3765/sp.8.7 fatcat:fmvefkbgonbyxcktik3k2ndzr4