LINGUIST List 25.5153

Wed Dec 17 2014

Books: The Semantics of Evaluativity: Rett

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Date: 17-Dec-2014
From: Helena Palmer <helena.palmeroup.com>
Subject: The Semantics of Evaluativity: Rett
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Title: The Semantics of Evaluativity
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/language/linguistics/9780199602476.do?sortby=bookTitleAs

Author: Jessica Rett
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199602476 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 60
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199602483 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Abstract:

This book focuses on the semantic phenomenon of evaluativity and its consequences across constructions. Evaluativity has traditionally been associated exclusively with the positive construction, a term for sentences with a gradable adjective but with no overt degree morphology. John is tall is evaluative because it entails that John is tall relative to a contextually valued standard. John is taller than Sue and John is as tall as Sue are not evaluative because both could be used even if John and Sue were short.
Previous accounts of evaluativity have assumed that it is not part of the inherent meaning of adjectives, but is contributed by a null morpheme. Jessica Rett argues against this analysis, proposing that no null morpheme is required. Instead, evaluativity is explained on the basis of assumptions that speakers and hearers make about the relationship between the simplicity of a situation and the simplicity of the language used to describe that situation; the analysis is couched in recent approaches to Gricean conversational implicature.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng)

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