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LINGUIST List 21.3071

Mon Jul 26 2010

Books: Cognitive Science/Pragmatics/Semantics: Hendriks et al

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        1.    Janet Joyce, Conflicts in Interpretation: Hendriks, de Hoop, Krämer, de Swart

Message 1: Conflicts in Interpretation: Hendriks, de Hoop, Krämer, de Swart
Date: 18-Jul-2010
From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com>
Subject: Conflicts in Interpretation: Hendriks, de Hoop, Krämer, de Swart
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Title: Conflicts in Interpretation
Series Title: Advances in Optimality Theory
Published: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
                http://www.equinoxpub.com/

Author: Petra Hendriks
Author: Helen de Hoop
Author: Irene Krämer
Author: Henriëtte de Swart
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845534370 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 60 Comment: $95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781845534387 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 18.99 Comment: $37.95
Abstract:

Conflicts in Interpretation applies novel methods of constraint interaction,
derived from connectionist theories and implemented in linguistics within the
framework of Optimality Theory, to core semantic and pragmatic issues such
as polysemy, negation, (in)definiteness, focus, anaphora, and rhetorical
structure. It explores the hypothesis that a natural language grammar is a set
of potentially conflicting constraints on forms and meanings. Moreover, it
hypothesizes that competent language users not only optimize from an input
form to the optimal output meaning for this form, or vice versa, but also
consider the opposite direction of optimization, thus taking into account the
speaker as a hearer and taking into account the hearer as a speaker. The
book aims to show that such a bidirectional constraint-based grammar sheds
new light on the relation between form and meaning, within a sentence as well
as across sentence boundaries, within a single language as well as across
languages, and within competent adult language users as well as during
language development. An important dimension of the book is the structured
investigation of issues at the interface of semantics with syntax and
pragmatics, such as the effects of distinguishing between speaker's
perspective and hearer's perspective in comprehension and production,
stable and instable patterns of form and meaning across languages, and the
development of a coherent pattern of form and meaning in children.

The book will be of interest to any researcher or advanced student in
linguistics, cognitive science, language typology, or psycholinguistics who is
interested in the capacity of our human mind to map meaning onto form, and
form onto meaning.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng )

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