Meta-informative Centering in Utterances

Between Semantics and Pragmatics

| Université Charles de Gaulle & Université Paris-Sorbonne
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The notion of information has nowadays become crucial both in our daily life and in many branches of science and technology. In language studies, this notion was used as a technical term for the first time about at least fifty years ago. It is argued, however, that "Old" and "New", used traditionally for characterising information, refer in fact to the meta-informative status of communicated chunks of information. They provide information about other information. Since subjects and objects, as attention-driven phrases, are also related to aboutness, the presented Meta-Informative Centering (MIC) framework includes predication theory. By applying the MIC theory to their analyses of English, German, French, Polish, Russian, Greek, Latin, and Japanese, the authors provide comprehensive explanations of the most puzzling aspects of the pragmatic use of basic universal linguistic categories. It seems clear now that canonical syntactic patterns, their permutations, and diverse transformations do indeed reflect very truly the meta-informative encapsulation of utterances. As a consequence, this book presents new and coherent theoretical solutions as well as their very efficient applications.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 143]  2013.  xvii, 306 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
André Włodarczyk and Hélène Włodarczyk
Part 1. Associative semantics and meta-informative centering
Roles and anchors of semantic situations
André Włodarczyk
Frames of semantic situations
André Włodarczyk
Grounding of the meta-informative status of utterances
André Włodarczyk
Attention-centered information in language
Hélène Włodarczyk
Part 2. Neuropsychological evidence for the MIC theory
Semantic and episodic memory by reference to the ontological grounding of the old and new meta-informative status
Franz J. Stachowiak
Tracing the role of memory and attention for the meta-informative validation of utterances
Franz J. Stachowiak
Part 3. Meta-informative centering in languages
It-clefts in the meta-informative structure of the utterance in Modern and Present-day English
Ana E. Martínez-Insua and Javier Pérez-Guerra
Discourse coherence and referent identification of subject ellipsis in Japanese
Shigeko Nariyama
Structure of centre of attention in a multi-party conversation in Japanese: Based on the data of a review meeting concerning a Science Café held in Hiroshima
Miki Saijo
Verbal aspect in Slavic languages between semantics and pragmatics
Hélène Włodarczyk
The position in the utterance and the melodic realisation of object and reflexive pronouns in classical modern literary Russian
Olivier Azam
Accented and unaccented pronouns in Ancient Greek: A pragmatic choice by the speaker
Jean-Christophe Pitavy
Personal subject pronouns and the meta-informative centering of utterances in classical Latin
Perrine Vedrenne-Cloquet
Glossary of defined terminology
“The volume Meta-Informative Centering in Utterances: between Semantics and Pragmatics edited by André & Hélène Włodarczyk is a long-awaited publication. Through a series of international academic conferences held at the Centre for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (CELTA), MIC Sorbonne 2008, 2010 and 2012, the participants witnessed how the MIC theory evolved and received international recognition among linguistic communities. Meta-Informative Centering theory is particularly interesting for researchers in Japanese and other languages in which social and interactional relationships among participants of linguistic communication are marked by grammatical forms. Linguistic theories that deal with syntactic, semantic and pragmatic aspects of languages abound, but MIC is unique in offering a coherent view of how those aspects interact to form the grammatical structure of a given language. This book is highly recommended to students and researchers interested in unifying socio-cultural aspects of language diversity in close connection with rigorous syntactic and semantic formalization”
“The book “Meta-Informative Centering in Utterances - between Semantics and Pragmatics” edited by André & Hélène Włodarczyk (Studies in Language Companion Series. Amsterdam: Benjamins) represents an innovative approach to information structure. André & Hélène Włodarczyk’s meta-informative centering (MIC) theory is a unique, alternative framework to existing theories. It is built on the concepts of center of attention, meta-information and meta-informative status of information. A novel element in MIC is that it relies on associative semantics in which the concept of information is defined as a compound relational structure. The editors not only present their theory in a thought-provoking way but also provide experimental support for it through studies focusing on languages such as English, French, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Greek and Latin. This book is a must-read for everyone who is interested in information structure, linguistics and computer science.”
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013032681