LINGUIST List 10.673

Thu May 6 1999

Books: Syntax and Semantics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Structure and Interpretation in Natural Language

Message 1: Structure and Interpretation in Natural Language

Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 13:25:52 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Structure and Interpretation in Natural Language


STRUCTURE AND INTERPRETATION IN NATURAL LANGUAGE
Marc Authier & Lisa Reed, The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park


The central objective of this book is to present an integrated theory
of the syntax-semantics interface, one which combines the most recent
advances in the generative framework with the basic tenets of
model-theoretic semantics. The three opening chapters develop, in a
step-by-step and highly accessible fashion, an approach to structure
and meaning in these terms.

The remaining chapters show how this approach sheds light on three
long-standing issues in formal grammar: the treatment of
"syntactically-triggered" presuppositions, the treatment of some
notable exceptions to the generative binding conditions, and the issue
of the relative autonomy of syntax and semantics. With respect to the
first issue, it is argued that a compositional treatment of
syntactically-triggered presuppositions can be formulated as a
condition which ties presuppositional triggers to a specific class of
syntactic configurations definable in terms of devices found in
Minimalist syntax. A subsequent chapter demonstrates that the
empirical coverage of so-called Bare-Output Conditions in generative
syntax can be increased if such conditions are made sensitive to the
two types of semantic information which have sometimes been recognized
in model-theoretic semantics; that is, extension expressions and
implicature expressions. Finally, empirical evidence is adduced which
supports the view that there are two distinct types of semantic
constraints and that those which make reference to features of tree
geometry can, under specific circumstances defined by representational
Economy conditions, override those which do not.

Audience: Linguists, philosophers, computational and psycholinguists,
cognitive scientists; advanced undergraduates, graduate students and
researchers in these fields.

Contents: Introduction - Earlier Models of Generative Grammar -
Minimalist Theory - An Integration of Model-Theoretic Semantics with
Minmalist Syntax - On the Compositional Analysis of Presupposed
Meaning - On Presuppositions and the Satisfaction of Bare Output
Conditions - Bare Output Conditions and Others: On the Notions of
Primay and Economy in the Semantic Component - Bibliography.

ISBN 3 89586 603 2.
LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 14. 
Ca. 180pp. USD 70 / DM 112 / \163 42. 
Info: LINCOM EUROPA, Paul-Preuss-Str. 25, D-80995 Muenchen, Germany; FAX
+49 89 3148909; http://home.t-online.de/home/LINCOM.EUROPA;
LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.
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