Making Semantics Pragmatic ( Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface series, vol. 24), edited by Ken Turner (2011). Bingley: Emerald. xii + 228 pp. Forty years after Yehoshua Bar-Hillel warned us to “be more careful with forcing bits and pieces you find in the pragmatic
This book delivers a comprehensive and empirically rich investigation into the role of questions in natural language interpretation. Drawing on data from German, English, Hungarian and Russian, Edgar Onea's study significantly broadens our understanding of conventional sensitivity to questions through formally rigorous analyses of specificational particles, parentheticals and indefinites. The Potential Questions framework offers a new and exciting perspective on utterance meanings as not just addressing, but also raising questions, with important consequences for integrated analyses of discourse structure and discourse relations. This book is essential reading for anybody interested in the semantics-pragmatics interface.
Judith Tonhauser, The Ohio State University
1 Introduction The following approach is popular in some areas of philosophy and linguistics when attempting to give a description of the semantics of a given sentence Φ. We should present ordinary speakers 1 with scenarios that involve an utterance of Φ 2 and ask them whether these
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Exploring Lexical Semantics
Mark Q. Gardiner
1 Preliminary Remarks ‘Truth-conditions’ and ‘semantics’ are, in many circles, treated as synonymous. Coupled with the conception of truth as correspondence to fact (= objective arrangement of objects), the association of semantics with truth-conditions appears natural and almost a priori
Barbara Keller, Constantin Klein, Anne Swhajor-Biesemann, Christopher F. Silver, Ralph Hood and Heinz Streib
That the meaning of the term ‘religion’ depends strongly on the specific context of the surrounding culture is one of the fundamentals for scholars of religion (Ahn, 1997 ; Bianchi, 1994 ; Haußig, 1999 ; Schmitz, 1996 ). The documented cultural diversity of the semantics of the concept of
Edited by Klaus von Heusinger and Ken Turner
This reference gives each of the proposed analyses a more adequate empirical edge and a sharper theoretical focus. This book is a must for all scholars and students interested in the new and vibrant discipline of semantics-pragmatics and to anyone who is fascinated by the prospect of working beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries of linguistics and the philosophy of language. The chapters in this volume originate from a workshop at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, held at Michigan State University.
With the case of evaluative adverbs, the book demonstrates how secondary meanings (e.g. conventional presuppositions, conventional implicatures) interact with primary meanings (i.e. main assertion, or at-issue content). For the first time, a three-dimensional formal language of conventional implicatures and conventional presuppositions is implemented and applied to derive the right truth conditions of sentences with evaluative adverbs and predict their projection behaviors. With a cross-linguistic perspective (focusing on German, English and Mandarin Chinese) and using corpus- and psycholinguistic methods, the book also offers new perspectives on the syntax/semantics/pragmatics of adverbials.