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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Shifting the Focus
Subtitle: From Static Structures to the Dynamics of Interpretation
Written By: Daniel Wedgwood
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Volume 14

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.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0080445772
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 312
Prices: U.S. $ 62.99