Formal Pragmatics: Semantics, Pragmatics, Preposition, and Focus / Edition 1

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Formal Pragmatics addresses issues that are on the borderline of semantics and pragmatics of natural language, from the point of view of a model-theoretic semanticist. This up-to-date resource covers a substantial body of formal work on linguistic phenomena, and presents the way the semantics-pragmatics interface has come to be viewed today.

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"This is a very special book in that it creates formal pragmatics as a field in its own right. There hasn't been anything like it so far. I used to tack on a little bit of pragmatics to my semantics classes, but this will now change." Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631201205
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Nirit Kadmon is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. She graduated from Tel Aviv University in 1981, and went on to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Preliminaries 3
Pt. 1 Dynamic Semantics, Definites, and Indefinites
2 Discourse Representation Theory and File Change Semantics 25
3 NPs with Numeral Determiners 68
4 Semantics and Pragmatics with Definite NPs 77
Pt. 2 Presupposition
5 Presupposition Projection: The Basic Analysis 115
6 Presupposition Projection: Filtering vs. Cancellation 132
7 Presupposition Projection: Interlude 143
8 Presupposition Projection: Negation, Shifts in Contextual Assumptions, and Metalinguistic Operators 145
9 Presupposition Projection and Accommodation 151
10 More on ps Projection and Accommodation: ps Projection Below the Level of the Clause 175
11 Presupposition Triggering and the Behavior of Presuppositions 205
Pt. 3 Focus
12 Some Basics of the Phonology of Prosody 227
13 Focus and Focus Identification 250
14 Focus: Focus-Induced Interpretations 288
15 Problems with Focus-Induced Interpretations 303
16 Association with Focus: The "Domain Selection"/"Free Parameter" Analysis 311
17 Focus: The More Complete Analysis 315
18 Focus-Induced Interpretations: Some Theoretical Choices to be Made 356
19 Focus and Scope 367
20 Complex Focal Structures with "Contrastive Topics" 380
21 Focus and Presupposition: The Focal Presupposition and its Interaction with Other Presuppositions 402
References 415
Index 423
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