LINGUIST List 32.2426

Mon Jul 19 2021

Books: Semantics with Assignment Variables: Silk

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Date: 17-Jul-2021
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Subject: Semantics with Assignment Variables: Silk
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Title: Semantics with Assignment Variables
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Alex Silk
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108836012 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108836012 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108836012 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

This pioneering study combines insights from philosophy and linguistics to develop a novel framework for theorizing about linguistic meaning and the role of context in interpretation. A key innovation is to introduce explicit representations of context - assignment variables - in the syntax and semantics of natural language. The proposed theory systematizes a spectrum of 'shifting' phenomena in which the context relevant for interpreting certain expressions depends on features of the linguistic environment. Central applications include local and non-local contextual dependencies with quantifiers, attitude ascriptions, conditionals, questions, and relativization. The result is an innovative philosophically informed compositional semantics compatible with the truth-conditional paradigm. At the forefront of contemporary interdisciplinary research into meaning and communication, Semantics with Assignment Variables is essential reading for researchers and students in a diverse range of fields.

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I: 2. Preliminaries; 3. Standardizing Quantification; 4. Attitude Ascriptions; Part II: 5. Relative Causes (I); 6. Quantifiers; 7. Noun Phases; Part III: 8. Conditionals; 9. Interrogatives; 10. Taking Stock.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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