Modality Issues in the Semantics

Modality Issues in the Semantics

by Papafragou
     
 

ISBN-10: 008043634X

ISBN-13: 9780080436340

Pub. Date: 09/26/1998

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

This volume focuses on the interplay between grammatical and pragmatic factors in the comprehension of lexically communicated meaning. It uses a case-study, modality, in order to illustrate how the plasticity of lexically conveyed information can be accounted for without assuming semantic polysemy.  See more details below

Overview

This volume focuses on the interplay between grammatical and pragmatic factors in the comprehension of lexically communicated meaning. It uses a case-study, modality, in order to illustrate how the plasticity of lexically conveyed information can be accounted for without assuming semantic polysemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780080436340
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing
Publication date:
09/26/1998
Series:
Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Section and chapter headings:
Preface
Introduction
The issues
Theoretical commitments: relevance theory

The Semantics and Pragmatics of English Modal Verbs
Introductory remarks
Previous analyses
A semantic proposal
The pragmatics of root modality
The pragmatics of epistemic modality
Concluding remarks

Removing Objections to a Unitary Semantic Analysis
Introductory remarks
Syntax and interpretation
Truth-conditional behaviour
'Speech-act' modality
Concluding remarks

The Acquisition of Modality
Introductory remarks
Psycholinguistic evidence: a review
A developmental proposal
A note on autism and mindblindness
Concluding remarks

Implications for the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface
Introductory remarks
Options for lexical semantics: monosemy, ambiguity, polysemy
Inference and the plasticity of lexical concepts
Historical and developmental perspectives
Concluding remarks

Conclusion

Bibliography

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