Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning: Neo-Gricean Studies in Pragmatics and Semantics in Honor of Laurence R. Horn

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Betty J. Birner, Gregory L. Ward
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 350 pages
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One of the most lively and contentious issues in contemporary linguistic theory concerns the elusive boundary between semantics and pragmatics, and Professor Laurence R. Horn of Yale University has been at the center of that debate ever since his groundbreaking 1972 UCLA dissertation. This festvolume in honor of Horn brings together the best of current work at the semantics/pragmatics boundary from a neo-Gricean perspective. Featuring the contributions of 22 leading researchers, it includes papers on implicature (Kent Bach), inference (Betty Birner), presupposition (Barbara Abbott), lexical semantics (Georgia Green, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Steve Kleinedler & Randall Eggert), negation (Pauline Jacobson, Frederick Newmeyer, Scott Schwenter), polarity (Donka Farkas, Anastasia Giannakidou, Michael Israel), implicit variables (Greg Carlson & Gianluca Storto), definiteness (Barbara Partee), reference (Ellen Prince, Andrew Kehler & Gregory Ward), and logic (Jerrold Sadock, Francis Jeffry Pelletier & Andrew Hartline). These original papers represent not only a fitting homage to Larry Horn, but also an important contribution to semantic and pragmatic theory.
 

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Contents

Where have some of the presuppositions gone?
1
The top 10 misconceptions about implicature
21
Inferential relations and noncanonical word order
31
Sherlock Holmes Was In No Danger
53
Free choice in Romanian
71
Polarity questions and the scalar properties of even
95
Discourse particles and the symbiosis of natural language processing and basic research
117
Saying less and meaning less
137
Why defining is seldom just semantics
217
Negation and modularity
241
A note on Mandarin possessives demonstratives and definiteness
263
On a homework problem of Larry Horns
281
Impersonal Pronouns in French and Yiddish
295
Motors and switches
317
Finetuning Jespersens Cycle
327
Index
345

I cant seem to fi gure this out
157
Referring expressions and conversational implicature
177
Indexilexicography
195

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