Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning

Neo-Gricean studies in pragmatics and semantics in honor of Laurence R. Horn

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ISBN 9789027230904 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027293053 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
One of the most lively and contentious issues in contemporary linguistic theory concerns the elusive boundary between semantics and pragmatics, and Professor Laurence R. Horn of Yale University has been at the center of that debate ever since his groundbreaking 1972 UCLA dissertation. This volume in honor of Horn brings together the best of current work at the semantics/pragmatics boundary from a neo-Gricean perspective. Featuring the contributions of 22 leading researchers, it includes papers on implicature (Kent Bach), inference (Betty Birner), presupposition (Barbara Abbott), lexical semantics (Georgia Green, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Steve Kleinedler & Randall Eggert), negation (Pauline Jacobson, Frederick Newmeyer, Scott Schwenter), polarity (Donka Farkas, Anastasia Giannakidou, Michael Israel), implicit variables (Greg Carlson & Gianluca Storto), definiteness (Barbara Partee), reference (Ellen Prince, Andrew Kehler & Gregory Ward), and logic (Jerrold Sadock, Francis Jeffry Pelletier & Andrew Hartline). These original papers represent not only a fitting homage to Larry Horn, but also an important contribution to semantic and pragmatic theory.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 80]  2006.  xii, 350 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Where have some of the presuppositions gone?
Barbara Abbott
The top 10 misconceptions about implicature
Kent Bach
Inferential relations and noncanonical word order
Betty J. Birner
Sherlock Holmes Was In No Danger
Greg N. Carlson and Gianluca Storto
Free choice in Romanian
Donka F. Farkas
Polarity, questions, and the scalar properties of even
Anastasia Giannakidou
Discourse particles and the symbiosis of natural language processing and basic research
Georgia M. Green
Saying less and meaning less
Michael Israel
I can’t seem to figure this out
Pauline Jacobson
Referring expressions and conversational implicature
Andrew Kehler and Gregory Ward
Steve Kleinedler and Randall Eggert
Why defining is seldom ‘just semantics’: Marriage and marriage
Sally McConnell-Ginet
Negation and modularity
Frederick J. Newmeyer
A note on Mandarin possessives, demonstratives, and definiteness
Barbara H. Partee
On a homework problem of Larry Horn’s
Francis Jeffry Pelletier and Andrew Hartline
Impersonal pronouns in French and Yiddish: Semantic reference vs. discourse reference
Ellen F. Prince
Motors and switches: An exercise in syntax and pragmatics
Jerrold M. Sadock
Fine-tuning Jespersen’s Cycle
Scott A. Schwenter
“The very high quality of the papers in this volume and its wide coverage give a representative sample of current research in the fields of pragmatics and semantics, and will be of interest for researchers of different persuasions. Its qualities mirror the open-mindedness,creativity, and intellectual curiosity of the exceptional scholar it is dedicated to.”
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Birner, Betty J.
2006. Semantic and pragmatic contributions to information status. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 38:1  pp. 14 ff. Crossref logo
Horn, Laurence R.
2018. Words in Edgewise. Annual Review of Linguistics 4:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Loock, Rudy
2013. Extending further and refining Prince’s taxonomy of given/new information. Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) 23:1  pp. 69 ff. Crossref logo
Negro Alousque, Isabel
2019. A Case for Construction Grammar: Wh-XVPY Constructions. English Studies 100:2  pp. 206 ff. Crossref logo
Potts, Christopher
2007. Into the Conventional-Implicature Dimension. Philosophy Compass 2:4  pp. 665 ff. Crossref logo
Potts, Christopher
2015.  In The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory,  pp. 168 ff. Crossref logo

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