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LINGUIST List 16.1355

Thu Apr 28 2005

Books: Philosophy of Lang/Semantics: Potts

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        1.    Lowri Jones, The Logic of Conventional Implicatures: Potts


Message 1: The Logic of Conventional Implicatures: Potts
Date: 27-Apr-2005
From: Lowri Jones <lowri.jonesoup.com>
Subject: The Logic of Conventional Implicatures: Potts


Title: The Logic of Conventional Implicatures
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics No. 7
Published: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-927383-9

Author: Christopher Potts, University of Massachusetts
Hardback: ISBN: 0199273820 Pages: 258 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199273839 Pages: 258 Price: U.K. £ 21.99
Abstract:

This book revives the study of conventional implicatures in natural
language semantics. H. Paul Grice first defined the concept. Since then his
definition has seen much use and many redefinitions, but it has never
enjoyed a stable place in linguistic theory. Christopher Potts returns to
the original and uses it as a key into two presently under-studied areas of
natural language: supplements (appositives, parentheticals) and expressives
(e.g., honorifics, epithets). The account of both depends on a theory in
which sentence meanings can be multidimensional. The theory is logically
and intuitively compositional, and it minimally extends a familiar kind of
intensional logic, thereby providing an adaptable, highly useful tool for
semantic analysis. The result is a linguistic theory that is accessible not
only to linguists of all stripes, but also philosophers of language,
logicians, and computer scientists who have linguistic applications in mind.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language
                            Semantics

Written In: English (ENG )

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