Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of by K. M. Jaszczolt

By K. M. Jaszczolt

during this pioneering publication Katarzyna Jaszczolt lays down the principles of an unique thought of that means in discourse, finds the cognitive foundations of discourse interpretation, and places ahead a brand new foundation for the research of discourse processing. She offers a step by step creation to the idea and its program, and explains new phrases and formalisms as required. Dr. Jaszczolt unites the precision of truth-conditional, dynamic methods with insights from neo-Gricean pragmatics into the function of speaker's intentions in verbal exchange. She indicates that the compositionality of that means should be understood as merger representations combining info from a number of assets together with observe which means and sentence constitution, several types of default interpretations, and wakeful pragmatic inference.

Among the functions the writer discusses are buildings that pose difficulties in semantic research reminiscent of referring expressions, propositional perspective buildings, presupposition, modality, numerals, and sentential connectives. She proposes ideas to innovative difficulties within the semantics/pragmatics interface - for instance, what number degrees of which means may be exclusive; the prestige of underspecification; how a lot contextual info may be positioned within the illustration of the speaker's that means; even if there are default interpretations; the level of utterance interpretation at which pragmatic inference starts; and no matter if compositionality is an important characteristic of the speculation of that means and if that is so the way it is to be defined.

The ebook is for college kids and researchers in semantics, pragmatics, computational linguistics, and philosophy of language at complicated undergraduate point and above.

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