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Title: Questions in Dynamic Semantics
Edited By: Maria Aloni
Paul Dekker
Series Title: Studies in Pragmatics

The study of questions and answers is challenging for various fields of
theoretical linguistics, logic, analytical philosophy, and more recently
computer science. Research into questions and answers addresses old and
raises new and important questions about the semantics / pragmatics
interface and about the dynamics of interpretation. This book brings
together current work on the topic as it has been developed in Amsterdam,
and congenial academic sites, over the past 15 years. Amsterdam is one of
the breeding grounds for the formal study of logic and language, for
dynamic semantics, and for the study of questions and answers.

- Covers the major issues of pragmatic/semantic investigation, including
logical relations, context dependence, information structure, and more
- Illustrates how semantic/pragmatic stance can be used for problems in
other areas of linguistic theorising

Table of Contents
1 The Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions

I Update Semantics
2 The Logic of Interrogation
3 Axiomatizing Groenendijk’s Logic of Interrogation
4 Optimal Inquisitive Discourse

II Topic and Focus
5 Only Updates. On the Dynamics of the Focus Particle Only
6 The Dynamics of Topic and Focus
7 Nobody (Anything) Else

III Implicatures and Exhaustiveness
8 Exhaustivity, Questions and Plurals in Update Semantics
9 Only: Meaning and Implicatures
10 Scalar Implicatures: Exhaustivity and Gricean Reasoning

IV Intonation and Syntax
11 Nuclear Accent, Focus, and Bidirectional OT
12 Counting (on) Usage Information
13 Nuclear Rises in Update Semantics

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0080453473
ISBN-13: 9780080453477
Pages: 358
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