What is a Context?

Linguistic approaches and challenges

| Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
| Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
| Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
ISBN 9789027255792 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027273215 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Context is a core notion of linguistic theory. However, while there are numerous attempts at explaining single aspects of the notion of context, these attempts are rather diverse and do not easily converge to a unified theory of context. The present multi-faceted collection of papers reconsiders the notion of context and its challenges for linguistics from different theoretical and empirical angles. Part I offers insights into a wide range of current approaches to context, including theoretical pragmatics, neurolinguistics, clinical pragmatics, interactional linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Part II presents new empirical findings on the role of context from case studies on idioms, unarticulated constituents, argument linking, and numerically-quantified expressions. Bringing together different theoretical frameworks, the volume provides thought-provoking discussions of how the notion of context can be understood, modeled, and implemented in linguistics. It is essential for researchers interested in theoretical and applied linguistics, the semantics/pragmatics interface, and experimental pragmatics.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 196]  2012.  vii, 253 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Rita Finkbeiner, Jörg Meibauer and Petra B. Schumacher
Part I. Linguistic perspectives on context
What is a context? Theoretical and empirical evidence
Jörg Meibauer
Context in neurolinguistics: Time-course data from electrophysiology
Petra B. Schumacher
Theorising context: The case of clinical pragmatics
Louise Cummings
Context: Gricean intentions vs. two-dimensional semantics
Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt
Contexts in interaction: Relating pragmatic wastebaskets
Anita Fetzer
What’s non-linguistic visual context? A view from language comprehension
Pia Knoeferle and Ernesto Guerra
Part II.Case studies on context
Emergent contexts: Observations on the context-creative power 
of idioms
Rita Finkbeiner
The role of context in interpreting implicit meaning aspects
Kristin Börjesson
Contextually enriched argument linking
Udo Klein
Modelling context within a constraint-based account of quantifier usage
Chris Cummins and Napoleon Katsos
Subject and name index
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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