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Title: Conflicts in Interpretation
Written By: Petra Hendriks
Helen de Hoop
Irene Krämer
Henriëtte de Swart
Series Title: Advances in Optimality Theory
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Cognitive Science
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ISBN-13: 9781845534370
Pages: 192
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Pages: 192
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