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Title: Default Semantics
Subtitle: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication
Written By: Kasia M. Jaszczolt
URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-926198-9
Description:

In this pioneering book Kasia Jaszczolt lays down the foundations of an
original theory of meaning in discourse, reveals the cognitive foundations
of discourse interpretation, and puts forward a new basis for the analysis
of discourse processing. She provides a step-by-step introduction to the
theory and its application, and explains new terms and formalisms as
required. Dr Jaszczolt unites the precision of truth-conditional, dynamic
approaches with insights from neo-Gricean pragmatics into the role of
speaker's intentions in communication. She shows that the compositionality
of meaning may be understood as merger representations combining
information from various sources including word meaning and sentence
structure, various kinds of default interpretations, and conscious
pragmatic inference.

Among the applications the author discusses are constructions that pose
problems in semantic analysis such as referring expressions, propositional
attitude constructions, presupposition, modality, numerals, and sentential
connectives. She proposes solutions to cutting edge problems in the
semantics/pragmatics interface - for example, how many levels of meaning
should be distinguished; the status of underspecification; how much
contextual information should be placed in the representation of the
speaker's meaning; whether there are default interpretations; the stage of
utterance interpretation at which pragmatic inference begins; and whether
compositionality is a necessary feature of the theory of meaning and if so
how it is to be defined.

The book is for students and researchers in semantics, pragmatics,
computational linguistics, and philosophy of language at advanced
undergraduate level and above.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199261989
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00