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Title: The Grammar of Polarity
Subtitle: Pragmatics, Sensitivity, and the Logic of Scales
Written By: Michael Israel
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 127

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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521792401
ISBN-13: 9780521792400
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00
U.S. $ 110.00