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Sat Jun 11 2011

Books: Cognitive Science/Morphology/Semantics/Syntax: Israel

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        1.     Joyce Reid , The Grammar of Polarity: Israel

Message 1: The Grammar of Polarity: Israel
Date: 11-Jun-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Grammar of Polarity: Israel
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Title: The Grammar of Polarity
Subtitle: Pragmatics, Sensitivity, and the Logic of Scales
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 127
Published: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Michael Israel
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521792400 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521792400 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Abstract:

Many languages include constructions which are sensitive to the expression of
polarity: that is, negative polarity items, which cannot occur in affirmative
clauses, and positive polarity items, which cannot occur in negatives. The
phenomenon of polarity sensitivity has been an important source of evidence for
theories about the mental architecture of grammar over the last fifty years, and
to many the oddly dysfunctional sensitivities of polarity items have seemed to
support a view of grammar as an encapsulated mental module fundamentally
unrelated to other aspects of human cognition or communicative behavior. This
book draws on insights from cognitive/functional linguistics and formal
semantics to argue that, on the contrary, the grammar of sensitivity is grounded
in a very general human cognitive ability to form categories and draw inferences
based on scalar alternatives, and in the ways this ability is deployed for
rhetorical effects in ordinary interpersonal communication.

Table of Contents

1. Trivium pursuits;
2. Ex nihilo: the grammar of polarity;
3. Licensing and the logic of scalar models;
4. Sensitivity as inherent scalar semantics;
5. The elements of sensitivity;
6. The scalar lexicon;
7. The family of English indefinite polarity items;
8. Polarity and the architecture of grammar;
9. The pragmatics of polarity licensing;
10. Visions and revisions.


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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