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Title: Perspectives on Dialogue in the New Millennium
Edited By: Peter Kühnlein
Hannes Rieser
Henk Zeevat
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P_bns_114
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 114

The formal treatment of the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue became possible through a series of breakthroughs in foundational methodology. There is broad consensus on a couple of issues, like the fact that some variety of dynamic theory is necessary to capture certain characteristics of dialogue. Other matters still are disputed.
This volume contains papers both of foundational and applied orientation. It is the result of one of a series of specialized Workshops on Formal Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue that took place in 2001. One can therefore truly say that it mirrors both the state of the art at the end of the past millennium and research strategies that are pursued at the beginning of the new millennium.
The collected papers cover the range from philosophy of language to computer science, from the analysis of presupposition to investigations into corpora, and touches upon topics like the role of speech acts in dialogue or language specific phenomena. This broad coverage will make the volume valuable for students of dialogue from all fields of expertise.

Table of contents

Perspectives on dialogue in the New Millennium
Peter Kühnlein, Hannes Rieser and Henk Zeevat vii
Imperatives in dialogue
Alex Lascarides and Nicholas Asher 1–24
Integrating conversational move types in the grammar of conversation
Jonathan Ginzburg, Ivan A. Sag and Matthew Purver 25–42
An HPSG-based representation model for illocutionary acts in crisis talk
Claudia Sassen 43–57
Denial and presupposition
Rob van der Sandt 59–77
Between binding and accommodation
Jennifer Spenader 79–110
Theories of presuppositions and presuppositional clitics
Alessandro Capone 111–133
Semantic meaning and four types of speech act
Etsuko Oishi 135–147
Generalised and particularised implicatures of linguistic politeness
Marina Terkourafi 149–164
Models of intentions in language
William C. Mann 165–178
Context-dependent interpretation and implicit dialogue acts
Jörn Kreutel and Colin Matheson 179–192
Notes on analysing context
Kerstin Fischer 193–214
A basic system for multimodal robot instruction
Alois Knoll 215–228
An information state approach in a multi-modal dialogue system for human-robot conversation
Oliver Lemon, Anne Bracy, Alexander Gruenstein and Stanley Peters 229–242
Dialogue understanding in dynamic domains
Bernd Ludwig 243–269
An information state update approach to collaborative negotiation
Robin Cooper, Stina Ericsson, Staffan Larsson and Ian Lewin 271–286
Resolving Underspecification using Discourse Information
David Schlangen, Alex Lascarides and Ann Copestake 287–305
On coordinating interpretations — optimality and rational interaction
Anton Benz 307–334
Modal particles and the common ground: Meaning and functions of German ja, doch, eben/halt and auch
Elena Karagjosova 335–349 (Non-)Temporal concepts conveyed by before, after, and then in dialogue
Thora Tenbrink and Frank Schilder 351–378
Name index 379–382
Subject index 383–395

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811404X
ISBN-13: 9781588114044
Pages: xii, 400 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 169
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253560
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 400 pp.
Prices: EUR 115.00