Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning
Neo-Gricean studies in pragmatics and semantics in honor of Laurence R. Horn
Betty J. Birner | Northern Illinois University
Gregory Ward | Northwestern University
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Introduction | pp. ix–xi
Where have some of the presuppositions gone?Barbara Abbott | pp. 1–20
The top 10 misconceptions about implicatureKent Bach | pp. 21–30
Inferential relations and noncanonical word orderBetty J. Birner | pp. 31–51
Sherlock Holmes Was In No DangerGreg N. Carlson and Gianluca Storto | pp. 53–70
Free choice in RomanianDonka F. Farkas | pp. 71–94
Polarity, questions, and the scalar properties of evenAnastasia Giannakidou | pp. 95–116
Discourse particles and the symbiosis of natural language processing and basic researchGeorgia M. Green | pp. 117–135
Saying less and meaning lessMichael Israel | pp. 137–156
I can’t seem to figure this outPauline Jacobson | pp. 157–175
Referring expressions and conversational implicatureAndrew Kehler and Gregory Ward | pp. 177–193
Indexi-lexicographySteve Kleinedler and Randall Eggert | pp. 195–215
Why defining is seldom ‘just semantics’: Marriage and marriageSally McConnell-Ginet | pp. 217–240
Negation and modularityFrederick J. Newmeyer | pp. 241–261
A note on Mandarin possessives, demonstratives, and definitenessBarbara H. Partee | pp. 263–280
On a homework problem of Larry Horn’sFrancis Jeffry Pelletier and Andrew Hartline | pp. 281–293
Impersonal pronouns in French and Yiddish: Semantic reference vs. discourse referenceEllen F. Prince | pp. 295–315
Motors and switches: An exercise in syntax and pragmaticsJerrold M. Sadock | pp. 317–325
Fine-tuning Jespersen’s CycleScott A. Schwenter | pp. 327–344
Index | pp. 345–350
“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.”
Brenda Laca, Université Paris 8 and CNRS-UMR 7023, on Linguist List 18.2280, 2007
Cited by 7 other publications
Birner, Betty J.
Horn, Laurence R.
2022. Extending further and refining Prince’s taxonomy of given/new information. Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) ► pp. 69 ff.
Negro Alousque, Isabel
Newmeyer, Frederick J.
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