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LINGUIST List 19.1582

Sun May 18 2008

Books: Semantics/Pragmatics: Oosterhof

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Semantics of Generics in Dutch and Related Languages: Oosterhof


Message 1: The Semantics of Generics in Dutch and Related Languages: Oosterhof
Date: 18-May-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Semantics of Generics in Dutch and Related Languages: Oosterhof
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Title: The Semantics of Generics in Dutch and Related Languages
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 122
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20122

Author: Albert Oosterhof
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255051 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255051 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00
Abstract:

This monograph is a comprehensive study of the various ways in which
genericity can be expressed in Dutch, dialects of Dutch, and languages
related to Dutch. On the basis of empirical (corpus- and
questionnaire-based) data, a wide range of topics are discussed which have
been addressed in the literature on the semantics and pragmatics of
generics. The empirical data presented in this book shed new light on
issues crucial to the study of genericity. A number of widely accepted
ideas are shown to be problematic. For example, arguments are presented
against the well-known claim that progressive forms typically exclude
characterizing interpretations. Furthermore, the author shows that speakers
do not agree in their judgements of the acceptability of bare plurals (as
well as other noun phrase types) in generic contexts. Such data are a
problem for the influential thesis that bare plurals refer to kinds
unambiguously.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng )

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