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Numerous Meanings: The Meaning of English Cardinals and the Legacy of Paul Grice
     

Numerous Meanings: The Meaning of English Cardinals and the Legacy of Paul Grice

by Bert Bultinck
 

ISBN-10: 0080445578

ISBN-13: 9780080445571

Pub. Date: 11/15/2004

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Outlandish as it may seem to the uninitiated, the meaning of English cardinal numbers has been the object of many heated and fascinating debates. Notwithstanding the numerous important objections that have been formulated in the last three decades, the (neo-)Gricean, scalar account is still the standard semantic description of numerals.
In this book, Bultinck

Overview

Outlandish as it may seem to the uninitiated, the meaning of English cardinal numbers has been the object of many heated and fascinating debates. Notwithstanding the numerous important objections that have been formulated in the last three decades, the (neo-)Gricean, scalar account is still the standard semantic description of numerals.
In this book, Bultinck writes the history of this implicature-driven approach and demonstrates that it suffers from methodological insecurity and postulates highly non-conventional meanings of numerals as their "literal meaning", while it confuses the level of lexical semantics with that of utterances and cannot deal with a large number of counter-examples. Relying on the results of an extensive corpus-based analysis, an alternative account of the meaning of English cardinals and the ways in which their interpretation is influenced by other linguistic elements is presented. As such, this analysis constitutes a prism that offers todays linguist an iridescent history of one of the most fascinating, if often misconstrued, topics in contemporary meaning research: the conversational implicatures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780080445571
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Series:
Current Research in the Semantics / Pragmatics Interface Series , #15
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Gricean Theory of Implications
Three Decades of Gricean Numerals
General Corpus Analysis of the Forms and Functions of English Cardinals
'At Least N', 'Exactly N', 'at Most N' and 'Absolute Value' Readings
Conclusion

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