LINGUIST List 12.2592

Wed Oct 17 2001

Books: Semantics/Pragmatics/Philosophy Of Language

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  • Christine Sosa, Modified Issue 12.2544: Semantics/Pragmatics/Philosophy of Language

    Message 1: Modified Issue 12.2544: Semantics/Pragmatics/Philosophy of Language

    Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 17:40:46 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Christine Sosa <>
    Subject: Modified Issue 12.2544: Semantics/Pragmatics/Philosophy of Language

    CSLI Publications is pleased to announce the availability of:

    A NATURAL HISTORY OF NEGATION; Laurence R. Horn; paper ISBN: 1-57586-336-7, $30.00, 684 pages. CSLI Publications 2001. , email:

    To order this book, contact The University of Chicago Press. Call their toll free order number 1-800-621-2736 (U.S. & Canada only) or order online at (use the search feature to locate the book, then order).

    Book description: The expression of negation is basic to being human: it allows us to refuse, to contradict, to lie, to be ironic, to distinguish truth from falsity. In this penetrating study, Laurence R. Horn provides a comprehensive treatment of the structure, use, and meaning of negation in natural language, a subject that has engaged the close and often passionate attention of linguists, psychologists, logicians, and philosophers for the last twenty-five centuries. Horn's lucid intellectual history proceeds from classical to contemporary times and spans both Western and Eastern traditions. Beginning with Aristotle, Horn traces the development of major issues in the theory of negation through thinkers as diverse as the Buddha, Spinoza, Hegel, Freud, Russell, and Jespersen. Horn also reanalyzes negation in the light of his own pragmatic theory, bringing a current perspective to bear on classic dilemmas. Horn's insightful analysis focuses on the question of whether afrmative propositions are more basic than negative propositions. While in standard logic there is absolute symmetry between the two, no comparable symmetry is apparent in ordinary language, which instead reects complexity in the form and function of negative statements. Horn accounts for such asymmetries within a pragmatic framework for the description of implicature and presupposition. Other major problems that are reexamined include the dichotomies between contradictory and contrary negation, between sentential and phrasal negation, and between descriptive and metalinguistic negation. For this CSLI edition, Horn has prepared a comprehensive introduction that surveys work on negation by a wide variety of scholars during the years since the appearance of the original edition. This new introduction begins with an overview of work on the syntax of negation and on negative polarity and then moves on to summarize recent and current developments relating to other topics covered in the book. It is accompanied by an extensive supplementary bibliography listing the significant anthologies, dissertations, books, and journal articles in the field that were published since 1988.



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