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Tue Jul 10 2012

Books: Dynamic Semantics: Dekker

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Date: 10-Jul-2012
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Subject: Dynamic Semantics: Dekker
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Title: Dynamic Semantics Series Title: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Published: 2012 Publisher: Springer

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Author: Paul Dekker Hardback: ISBN: 9789400748682 Pages: 135 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

The integrated theory of dynamic interpretation set out here will be a surprise toadvanced researchers in linguistics. It combines classical formal semantics andmodern dynamic semantics without altering the fundamental paradigm. At thebook's core lies a pragmatically motivated notion of a dynamic conjunction ofmeanings, an idea that is worked out in full formal detail. This is applied tolinguistic phenomena that involve anaphora, quantification and modality. Theauthor demonstrates that in each area of application existing data can be neatlycombined with new dynamic insights, but more importantly, there is a genuinefurther pay-off: the work generates treatments of phenomena that were notinitially intended, with functional readings of pronouns and quantifiers, 'Hob-Nob'sentences, and insights into what we now call 'Pierce's Puzzle'.

The outcome of a decade of work by the Amsterdam School of dynamicsemantics, this volume condenses and reflects upon a vital body of research.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language                             Semantics
Written In: English (eng)

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