What is a Context?
Linguistic approaches and challenges
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. vii–viii
IntroductionRita Finkbeiner, Jörg Meibauer and Petra B. Schumacher | pp. 1–6
Part I. Linguistic perspectives on context
What is a context? Theoretical and empirical evidenceJörg Meibauer | pp. 9–32
Context in neurolinguistics: Time-course data from electrophysiologyPetra B. Schumacher | pp. 33–54
Theorising context: The case of clinical pragmaticsLouise Cummings | pp. 55–80
Context: Gricean intentions vs. two-dimensional semanticsKatarzyna M. Jaszczolt | pp. 81–104
Contexts in interaction: Relating pragmatic wastebasketsAnita Fetzer | pp. 105–128
What’s non-linguistic visual context? A view from language comprehensionPia Knoeferle and Ernesto Guerra | pp. 129–150
Part II.Case studies on context
Emergent contexts: Observations on the context-creative power of idiomsRita Finkbeiner | pp. 153–174
The role of context in interpreting implicit meaning aspectsKristin Börjesson | pp. 175–198
Contextually enriched argument linkingUdo Klein | pp. 199–228
Modelling context within a constraint-based account of quantifier usageChris Cummins and Napoleon Katsos | pp. 229–250
Subject and name index | pp. 251–254
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