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

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

by Nirit Kadmon
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Formal Pragmatics: Semantics, Pragmatics, Preposition, and Focus / Edition 1

Formal Pragmatics addresses issues that are on the borderline of the 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.

  • Introduces Discourse Representation Theory and File Change Semantics, with their formal representation of context and context change.
  • Covers presupposition, including the nature and status of presuppositions as well as presupposition projection.
  • Deals with focus, its prosodic manifestation, and the model-theoretic analysis of its meaning and function.
This volume, which serves as a textbook, as well as a reference or research book, offers a detailed discussion of key issues and clearly explains important, cutting-edge research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631201205
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.48(d)

Table of Contents



1. Preliminaries.

Part I: Dynamic Semantics, Definites and Indefinites:.

2. Discourse Representation Theory and File Change Semantics.

3. NPs with Numeral Determiners.

4. Semantics and Pragmatics with Definite NPs.

Part II: Presupposition:.

5. Presupposition Projection: The Basic Analysis.

6. Presupposition Projection: Filtering vs. Cancellation.

7. Presupposition Projection: Interlude.

8. Presupposition Projection: Negation, Shifts in Contextual Assumptions, and Metalinguistic Operators.

9. Presupposition Projection and Accommodation.

10. More on PS Projection and Accommodation: PS Projection Below the Level of the Clause.

11. Presupposition Triggering and the Behavior of Presuppositions.

Part III: Focus:.

12. Some Basics of the Phonology of Prosody.

13. Focus and Focus Identification.

14. Focus: Focus-Induced Interpretations.

15. Problems with Focus-Induced Interpretations.

16. Association With Focus: The 'Domain Selection'/'Free Parameter' Analysis.

17. Focus: The More Complete Analysis.

18. Focus-Induced Interpretations: Some Theoretical Choices to be Made.

19. Focus and Scope.

20. Complex Focal Structures with 'Contrastive Topics'.

21. Focus and Presupposition: The Focal Presupposition and Its Interaction with Other Presuppositions.



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