Date: 20-Jul-2005 From: Ellie Brown <Ellie.Brownelsevier.com> Subject: Shifting the Focus: Wedgwood
Title: Shifting the Focus
Subtitle: From Static Structures to the Dynamics of Interpretation
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Volume 14
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Author: Daniel Wedgwood
Hardback: ISBN: 0080445772 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 62.99
How direct is the mapping between linguistic constructions and their interpretations? Much less direct than we commonly assume, according to Daniel Wedgwood. Extending current ideas from frameworks like Relevance Theory and Dynamic Syntax, Wedgwood upholds a radical position on modelling linguistic competence: the idea of interfacing static syntactic and semantic representations must be abandoned in favour of models of the incremental construction of meaning during parsing--which may involve significant pragmatic enrichment. In illustration, Wedgwood presents a detailed study of a key meeting point of grammar and pragmatics.