The Logic of Conventional Implicatures (Oxford Studies in by Christopher Potts

By Christopher Potts

This booklet revives the examine of traditional implicatures in normal language semantics. H. Paul Grice first outlined the concept that. when you consider that then his definition has noticeable a lot use and plenty of redefinitions, however it hasn't ever loved a solid position in linguistic thought. Christopher Potts returns to the unique and makes use of it as a key into almost immediately under-studied components of traditional language: supplementations (appositives, parentheticals) and expressives (e.g., honorifics, epithets). The account of either will depend on a conception within which sentence meanings should be multidimensional. the idea is logically and intuitively compositional, and it minimally extends a well-known type of intensional good judgment, thereby offering an adaptable, hugely useful gizmo for semantic research. the result's a linguistic conception that's available not just to linguists of all stripes, but additionally philosophers of language, logicians, and machine scientists who've linguistic purposes in brain.

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Introducing Semantics by Nick Riemer

By Nick Riemer

Semantics is the research of that means in language. This transparent and complete textbook is the main up to date creation to the topic to be had for undergraduate scholars. It not just equips scholars with the ideas they wish which will comprehend the most facets of semantics, it additionally introduces the forms of reasoning and argument which characterise the sector. It includes greater than 2 hundred routines and dialogue questions designed to check and deepen readers' figuring out. extra inclusive than different textbooks, it truly explains and contrasts diverse theoretical ways, summarises present debates, and offers valuable feedback for additional interpreting. Examples are drawn either from significant global languages, corresponding to Mandarin chinese language, jap, Arabic, Spanish and English, and from minority ones. The ebook additionally highlights the connections among semantics and the broader learn of human language in psychology, anthropology, and linguistics itself.

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Meaning and Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Approach by Liliana Albertazzi

By Liliana Albertazzi

The purpose of this booklet is to provide major elements of cognitive grammar through adopting an interdisciplinary procedure. The publication presents an interaction of contributions by means of a few exponents of cognitive grammar (Langacker, Croft, wooden, Geeraerts, Kövecses, Wildgen), and philosophers of language (Albertazzi, Marconi, Peruzzi, Violi) who, typically, percentage a phenomenological and Gestalt method of the matter of semantics.
The themes lined comprise topics which are imperative to the talk in cognitive grammar, comparable to, metaphor, construal operations, prototypicality, Gestalt schemes and box semantics. The booklet bargains proof to aid the cognitive speculation in semantics and the life of a detailed connection among the constructions of belief and the types of average language.
Because of the method hired, with its attention of borderline facets between semantics, linguistics, theoretical mirrored image and historic research, the e-book marks out a path for a philosophical inquiry complementary to a cognitive method of the semantics of average language.

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Mental Files by Francois Recanati

By Francois Recanati

Francois Recanati provides his concept of psychological documents, a brand new means of figuring out reference in language and concept. He goals to recast the "nondescriptivist" method of reference that has ruled the philosophy of language and brain within the overdue 20th century. in accordance with Recanati, we refer via psychological documents, which play the position of so-called "modes of presentation." The reference of linguistic expressions is inherited from that of the records we go along with them. The reference of a dossier is decided relationally, no longer satisfactionally: so a dossier isn't really to be equated to the physique of (mis)information it includes. documents are like singular phrases within the language of concept, with a nondescriptivist semantics.In distinction to different philosophers, Recanati bargains an indexical version in accordance with which documents are typed through their functionality, that's to shop info derived via particular types of relation to things within the atmosphere. the kind of the dossier corresponds to the kind of contextual relation it exploits. Even indifferent documents or "encyclopedia entries" are in response to epistemically lucrative relatives to their referent, on Recanati's account.Among the themes mentioned during this wide-ranging e-book are: acquaintance kinfolk and singular concept; cognitive importance; the vehicle/content contrast; the character of indexical innovations; co-reference de jure and judgments of id; cognitive dynamics; recognitional and perceptual techniques; stressed concept and the transparency requirement on modes of presentation; descriptive names and "acquaintanceless" singular concept; the conversation of indexical ideas; two-dimensional defences of Descriptivism; the Generality Constraint; angle ascriptions and the "vicarious" use of psychological documents; first-person pondering; token-reflexivity in language and notion.

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Structuring Events: A Study in the Semantics of Aspect by Susan Rothstein

By Susan Rothstein

Structuring occasions offers a singular semantic thought of lexical element for an individual attracted to the research of verb meanings. offers an advent to aspectual periods and aspectual differences. makes use of case reports to offer a singular semantic concept of lexical element and examine it with substitute theories. helpful for college kids and students in semantics and syntax in addition to the neighboring fields of pragmatics and philosophy of language.

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Subjectivity and perspective in truth-theoretic semantics by Peter Lasersohn

By Peter Lasersohn

This ebook explores linguistic and philosophical concerns offered by means of sentences expressing own flavor, resembling Roller coasters are fun, or Licorice is tasty. common semantic theories clarify the meanings of sentences through specifying the stipulations less than which they're real; right here, Peter Lasersohn asks how we will be able to account for sentences which are considering concerns of opinion instead of concerns of truth. He argues truth-theoretic semantic concept is acceptable even for sentences like those, yet that for such sentences, fact and falsity needs to be assigned relative to views, instead of totally. The booklet presents a close and particular formal grammar, understanding the results of this notion of fact either for easy sentences and for reviews of psychological perspective. The semantic research is paired with a practical conception explaining what it ability to claim a sentence that is precise or fake purely relativistically, and with a speculative account of the sensible motivation for a relativized idea of truth.

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Context-Dependence, Perspective and Relativity by Francois Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic, Neftali Villanueva

By Francois Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic, Neftali Villanueva

This quantity brings jointly unique papers through linguists and philosophers at the function of context and point of view in language and proposal. a number of contributions are focused on the contextualism/relativism debate, which has loomed huge in contemporary philosophical discussions. In a considerable advent, the editors survey the sector and map out the correct matters and positions.

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The Art of Biblical Poetry by Robert Alter

By Robert Alter

Three many years in the past, popular literary professional Robert regulate notably increased the horizons of biblical scholarship via recasting the Bible as not just a human production yet a piece of literary paintings deserving studied feedback. In The paintings of Biblical Poetry, his spouse to the seminal The paintings of Biblical Narrative, adjust takes his research past narrative craft to enquire using Hebrew poetry within the Bible. up to date with a brand new preface, myriad revisions, and passages from Alter’s personal significantly acclaimed biblical translations, The artwork of Biblical Poetry is an integral instrument for figuring out the Bible and its poetry.

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