Reference and Referent Accessibility

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The papers in this volume are concerned with the question of how a speaker’s intended referent is interpreted by the addressee. Topics include the interpretation of coreferential vs. disjoint reference, the role of intonation, syntactic form and animacy in reference understanding, and the way in which general principles of utterance interpretation constrain possible interpretations of referring expressions. The collection arises from a workshop on reference and referent accessibility which was held at the 4th ...
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The papers in this volume are concerned with the question of how a speaker’s intended referent is interpreted by the addressee. Topics include the interpretation of coreferential vs. disjoint reference, the role of intonation, syntactic form and animacy in reference understanding, and the way in which general principles of utterance interpretation constrain possible interpretations of referring expressions. The collection arises from a workshop on reference and referent accessibility which was held at the 4th International Pragmatics Conference in Kobe, Japan, July 25-30, 1993.
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Introduction 7
Referring Expressions and the +/- Coreference Distinction 13
Inferring Identifiability and Accessibility 37
Animacy in Grammar and Discourse 47
Cognitive Ontology and NP Form 65
Accessing Contexts with Intonation 89
Written Discourse Segmentation: The Function of Unstressed Pronouns in Mandarin Chinese 113
Relevance Theory Meets the Givenness Hierarchy. An Account of Inferrables 141
On Accessibility and Coreference 155
Word Order and Cognitive Status in Mandarin 179
The 'price tag' on Knowledge Activation in Discourse Processing 193
Generic Sentences are Topic Constructions 213
Prosodic Cues to Accessibility 223
The Game of the Name 235
The Interpretation of Empty Pronouns in Vietnamese 251
The Effect of Genre on Referential Choice 263
A Bilateral Approach to Givenness: A Hearer-Status Algorithm and a Centering Algorithm 291
Index of Subjects 307
Index of Names 313
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