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Books: Multidimensional Semantics of Evaluative Adverbs: Liu

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Title: Multidimensional Semantics of Evaluative AdverbsSeries Title: Current Research in the Semantics / Pragmatics Interface

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Brill

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Author: Mingya Liu

Hardback: ISBN: 9781781902714 Pages: 254 Price: Europe EURO 89.95Hardback: ISBN: 9781781902714 Pages: 254 Price: U.S. $ 124


Multidimensional Semantics of Evaluative Adverbs provides a multidimensionalanalysis for the lexical semantics of evaluative adverbs: nonfactiveevaluative adverbs trigger a conventional implicature, whereas, factiveevaluative adverbs not only trigger a conventional implicature but also aconventional presupposition. This analysis proves to be more advantageous thanexisting analysis in terms of empirical coverage and explanatory power. Withthe case of evaluative adverbs, the book demonstrates how secondary meanings(e.g. conventional presuppositions, conventional implicatures) interact withprimary meanings (i.e. main assertion, or at-issue content). For the firsttime, a three-dimensional formal language of conventional implicatures andconventional presuppositions is implemented and applied to derive the righttruth conditions of sentences with evaluative adverbs and predict theirprojection behaviors. With a cross-linguistic perspective (focusing on German,English and Mandarin Chinese) and using corpus- and psycholinguistic methods,the book also offers new perspectives on the syntax/semantics/pragmatics ofadverbials.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics Semantics Syntax

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn) English (eng) German (deu)

Written In: English (eng)

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