LINGUIST List 15.1463

Mon May 10 2004

Books: Pragmatics: Blutner

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  1. C.O'Connor, Optimality Theory and Pragmatics: Blutner

Message 1: Optimality Theory and Pragmatics: Blutner

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 12:08:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: C.O'Connor <C.O'>
Subject: Optimality Theory and Pragmatics: Blutner

Title: Optimality Theory and Pragmatics

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Palgrave Macmillan
Book URL:";4039-0129-5

Editor: Reinhard Blutner, Humboldt University, Berlin 
Editor: Henk Zeevat, University of Amsterdam 

Hardback: ISBN: 1403901295, Pages: 320, Price: AUS $: �55/$75

'This collection clearly demonstrates that Optimality Theory finds
fruitful applications in the domain of pragmatics. The papers show how
to overcome the traditional gap between linguistic meaning and
utterance meaning. Conceptions like relevance, conversational
implicature, pragmatic anomaly, grammaticalization, recoverability,
and constructional iconicity appear in a new light'. Manfred Krifka,
Professor in General Linguistics, Insititute for German Speech and
Linguistics, Humboldt University, Germany

'Though the idea of optimization was present in the pragmatic
enterprise from the very beginning, we had to wait for this collection
in order to see how to integrate pragmatics into Optimality Theory.'
Professor Paul Smolensky, Department of Cognitive Science, Johns
Hopkins University

Ten leading scholars provide exacting research results and a reliable
and accessible introduction to the new field of optimality theoretic
pragmatics. The book includes a general introduction that overviews
the foundations of this new research paradigm. The book is intended to
satisfy the needs of students and professional researchers interested
in pragmatics and optimality theory, and will be of particular
interest to those exploring the interfaces of formal pragmatics with
grammar, semantics, philosophy of language, information theory and
cognitive psychology.

Notes on the Contributors
Editors' Introduction: Pragmatics and Optimality Theory
	R.Blutner and H.Zeevat
On the Interpretation of Stressed Pronouns Hoop
Optimization in Focus Identification
Optimality Theoretic Pragmatics and Binding Phenomena
Particles: Pre-supposition Triggers, Context Markers, or Speech Act
Input-Output Mismatches in Optimality Theory
	D.Beaver and H.Lee
On the Optimality Theory Status of 'Unambiguous Encoding'
Relevance and Bidirectional Optimality Theory
	R.van Rooy
Remarks on the Architecture of Optimality Theory Syntax Grammars
Variation in Demonstrative Choice in Swedish
Learning Constraint Subhierarchies: The Bidirectional Gradual Learning

Lingfield(s):	Pragmatics

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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