The Inheritance of Presupposition

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This work presents a procedural account of the so-called ‘projection problem’ for presupposition. It is assumed that presuppositions embedded in complex sentences are subject to no projection rules or ad-hoc conditions whatever, but are in fact satisfied in appropriate contexts in a completely uniform way. It is demonstrated that the apparent filtering, alteration, or preservation of an embedded presupposition is in every case a logical consequence of a general, independently motivated model of language processing and knowledge representation. It is shown in detail that turning the ‘projection problem’ upside-down in this way leads to a far more explanatory and descriptively adequate account than any previously proposed.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, II:1]  1981.  vi, 98 pp.
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Table of Contents
0. Introduction
1
1. The structure of given information
11
1.1 Worlds
12
1.2 Truth in a world
17
1.3 Given information
25
1.4 Linguistic Processing
28
1.5 The dynamics of given information
31
2. Presupposition
41
2.1 The satisfaction of presupposition
41
2.2 Sentential presupposition
45
3. The presupposition of Complex sentences
49
3.1 Simple sentences and holes
51
3.2 The simple alteration of presuppositions
52
3.3 Simple conjunctive filtering
58
3.4 Complex cases of filtering
60
3.5 Plugs
64
3.6 Presuppositions of antecedents
65
4. A performance theory of presupposition
69
4.1 Presuppositions as contingent features
71
4.2 Presuppositions associated with implicatures
73
4.3 Normal assumptions about the way in which presuppositions are satisfied
77
4.4 The cancellation of presuppositions
82
5. Conclusions
91
References
93
Index of abbreviations
97
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Dinsmore, John
1982. Pragmatics: implicature, presupposition, and logical form. Journal of Pragmatics 6:1  pp. 39 ff. Crossref logo
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1987. Mental Spaces from a Functional Perspective. Cognitive Science 11:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects

Linguistics

Syntax
Semantics
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  81189394