Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics

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MIT Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 573 pages
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This self-contained introduction to natural language semantics addresses the major theoretical questions in the field. The authors introduce the systematic study of linguistic meaning through a sequence of formal tools and their linguistic applications. Starting with propositional connectives and truth conditions, the book moves to quantification and binding, intensionality and tense, and so on. To set their approach in a broader perspective, the authors also explore the interaction of meaning with context and use (the semantics-pragmatics interface) and address some of the foundational questions, especially in connection with cognition in general. They also introduce a few of the most accessible and interesting ideas from recent research to give the reader a bit of the flavor of current work in semantics. The organization of this new edition is modular; after the introductory chapters, the remaining material can be covered in flexible order. The book presupposes no background in formal logic (an appendix introduces the basic notions of set theory) and only a minimal acquaintance with linguistics. This edition includes a substantial amount of completely new material and has been not only updated but redesigned throughout to enhance its user-friendliness.

  

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Contents

The Empirical Domain of Semantics
1
Implication Relations
17
More Semantic Relations and Properties
33
Summary
52
Truth
69
Problems
99
Quantification and Logical Form
113
Quantification in English
147
Projecting Presuppositions Recursively
365
Lambda Abstraction
391
Semantics via Translation
398
VP Disjunction and Conjunction
407
Relative Clauses
415
Conclusions
429
Semantic Analysis of Words
436
Modifiers
458

Logical Form If
187
Speaking Meaning and Doing
195
Sentential Force and Discourse Dynamics
212
Speech Acts
220
Conversational Implicature
239
Intensionality
257
An Elementary Intensional Logic
266
Some Intensional Constructions in English
279
Problems with Belief Sentences
318
Indexicality Discourse and Presupposition
329
Presuppositions and Contexts
349
More on Verbal Semantics
472
Semantic Imprecision
482
Generalized Quantifiers
501
PCGO and Ft
508
Generalized Quantifiers and Empirical Properties of Language
517
Concluding Remarks
527
Notes
541
References
549
Index
559
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Jean-Jacques Laffont was Professor of Economics at theUniversité des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse and the InstitutUniversitaire de France and Director of the Institut d'EconomieIndustrielle.

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