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Title: Optimality Theory and Pragmatics
Edited By: Reinhardt Blutner
Henk Zeevat
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=1-4039-0129-5

'This collection clearly demonstrates that Optimality Theory finds fruitful applications in the domain of pragmatics. The papers show how to overcome the traditional gap between linguistic meaning and utterance meaning. Conceptions like relevance, conversational implicature, pragmatic anomaly, grammaticalization, recoverability, and constructional iconicity appear in a new light'.
Manfred Krifka, Professor in General Linguistics, Insititute for German Speech and Linguistics, Humboldt University, Germany
'Though the idea of optimization was present in the pragmatic enterprise from the very beginning, we had to wait for this collection in order to see how to integrate pragmatics into Optimality Theory.'
Professor Paul Smolensky, Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University

Ten leading scholars provide exacting research results and a reliable and accessible introduction to the new field of optimality theoretic pragmatics.
The book includes a general introduction that overviews the foundations of this new research paradigm. The book is intended to satisfy the needs of students and professional researchers interested in pragmatics and optimality theory, and will be of particular interest to those exploring the interfaces of formal pragmatics with grammar, semantics, philosophy of language, information theory and cognitive psychology.

Notes on the Contributors
Editors' Introduction: Pragmatics and Optimality Theory; R.Blutner and H.Zeevat
On the Interpretation of Stressed Pronouns; H.de Hoop
Optimization in Focus Identification; P.Hendriks
Optimality Theoretic Pragmatics and Binding Phenomena; J.Mattausch
Particles: Pre-supposition Triggers, Context Markers, or Speech Act Markers; H.Zeevat
Input-Output Mismatches in Optimality Theory; D.Beaver and H.Lee
On the Optimality Theory Status of 'Unambiguous Encoding'; H-M.Gärtner
Relevance and Bidirectional Optimality Theory; R.van Rooy
Remarks on the Architecture of Optimality Theory Syntax Grammars; R.Vogel
Variation in Demonstrative Choice in Swedish; J.Spenader
Learning Constraint Subhierarchies: The Bidirectional Gradual Learning Algorithm; G.Jäger

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403901295
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320
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