This volume presents an exploration of a wide variety of new formal methods from computer science, biology and economics that have been applied to problems in semantics and pragmatics in recent years. Many of the contributions included focus on data from East Asian languages, particularly Japanese and Korean. The collection reflects on a range of new empirical issues that have arisen, including issues related to preference, evidentiality and attention. Separated into several sections, the book presents discussions on: information structure, speech acts and decisions, philosophical themes in semantics and new formal approaches to semantic and pragmatic theory. Its overarching theme is the relation between different kinds of content, from a variety of perspectives. The discussions presented are both theoretically innovative and empirically motivated.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction by Eric McCready, Katsuhiko Yabushita and Kei Yoshimoto.- 2. The Noncooperative Basis of Implicatures by Nicholas Asher.- 3. Meta-Lambda-Calculus: Syntax and Semantics by Daisuke Bekki and Moe Masuko.- 4.Coordinating and Subordinating Binding Dependencies by Alastair Butler.- 5. What is a universal? On the explanatory potential of evolutionary game theory in linguistics by Gerhard Jaeger.- 6. Continuation Hierarchy and Quantifier Scope by Oleg Kiselyov and Chung-Chieh Shan.- 7. Japanese Reported Speech: Towards an account of perspective shift as mixed quotation by Emar Maier.- 8. What is Evidence in Natural Language? by Eric McCready.- 9. A Categorial Grammar Account of Information Packaging in Japanese by Hiroaki Nakamura.- 10. A Note on the Projection of Appositives by Rick Nouwen.- 11. Towards Computational Non-Associative Lambek Lambda-Calculi for Formal Pragmatics by Norry Ogata.- 12. On the functions of the Japanese discourse particle yo in declaratives by David Y. Oshima.- 13. A Question of Priority by Robert van Rooij and Katrin Schulz.- 14.Measurement-Theoretic Foundations of Dynamic Epistemic Preference Logic by Satoru Suzuki.- 15. A Modal Scalar-Presuppositional Analysis of Only by Katsuhiko Yabushita.- 16. Floating Quantifiers in Japanese as Adverbial Anaphora by Kei Yoshimoto and Masahiro Kobayashi.