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Presupposition and Implicature in Compositional Semantics
 
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Presupposition and Implicature in Compositional Semantics
 
 
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10 May 2007
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All humans can interpret sentences of their native language quickly and without effort. Working from the perspective of generative grammar, this volume investigates three mental mechanisms that are widely assumed to underlie this ability: compositional semantics, implicature computation and presupposition computation. For all three mechanisms, formal models have been advanced recently that are accurate for many cases. There is some consensus in the field, however, that further progress requires stronger interconnections between these results. This collection brings together experts from semantics and pragmatics who push this agenda forward. From this perspective, the contributors develop new insights into important empirical phenomena; for example, individual level predicates, free choice effects, presupposition accommodation, exhaustivity effects, specificity. With contributions by many leading researchers in the field, this book will be a useful source for both researchers and students interested in sentence interpretation and language use.


Description

All humans can interpret sentences of their native language quickly and without effort. Working from the perspective of generative grammar, this volume investigates three mental mechanisms that are widely assumed to underlie this ability: compositional semantics, implicature computation and presupposition computation. For all three mechanisms, formal models have been advanced recently that are accurate for many cases. There is some consensus in the field, however, that further progress requires stronger interconnections between these results. This collection brings together experts from semantics and pragmatics who push this agenda forward. From this perspective, the contributors develop new insights into important empirical phenomena; for example, individual level predicates, free choice effects, presupposition accommodation, exhaustivity effects, specificity. With contributions by many leading researchers in the field, this book will be a useful source for both researchers and students interested in sentence interpretation and language use.


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: U.Sauerland & P.Stateva
Quantifier Dependent Readings of Anaphoric Presuppositions; S.Beck
Licensing or; R.Eckardt
Free Choice and the Theory of Scalar Implicatures; D.Fox
Partial Variables and Specificity; G.Jäger
Negated Antonyms: Creating and Filling the Gap; M.Krifka
Pragmatic Constraints on Adverbial/Temporal Quantification; O.Percus
Transparency: An Incremental Theory of Presupposition Projection; P.Schlenker
Aspects of the Pragmatics of Plural Morphology: on Higher-Order Implicatures; B.Spector
Index


Authors

ULI SAUERLAND is Research Team Leader at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin, Germany. Dr. Sauerland is the author of more than 40 reviewed publications on syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interaction.

PENKA STATEVA is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Her published work focuses on the semantics of comparison, vagueness, plurals, possessives, and the relation between the syntactic and semantic grammar components.