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Issues in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Disjunction

1st Edition

By Mandy Simons


259 pages

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First published in 2000, this book is about sentences containing the word or, dealing primarily with sentences in which or conjoins clauses, but also some cases in which it conjoins expressions of other categories. The author aims to give an account of the discourse properties and felicity conditions of disjunction, and to use this account in explaining the behaviour of presupposition projection and of anaphora in disjunctive sentences. The author begins by giving an account of the discourse properties and felicity conditions of disjunction before turning to the presupposition projection problem. The final two chapters discuss anaphora and its interactions with disjunction.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 1.1. Overview 1.1.1. What this dissertation is about 1.1.2. Context change: Pragmatic vs. semantic approaches 1.2. The Stalnakerian Model of Presupposition and Assertion 1.3. Dynamic Semantics 1.3.1. The Fundamentals 1.3.2. File Change Semantics (FCS) and the CCP proposal 1.3.3. Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) 1.3.4. Dynamic Montague Grammar (DMG) Notes to Chapter One; 2. Disjunctive Sentences In Discourse; 2.1. Introduction 2.2. The Discourse Function and Felicity Conditions of Disjunction 2.2.1. The Basic Observations 2.2.2. Relation and Manner in the Stalnakerian Model 2.3. The Enriched Context Change Framework 2.3.1. Presentation 2.3.2. Disjunction and the Relevant Informativity Condition 2.3.3. Disjunction and Simplicity 2.3.4. Disjunction and Rooth’s Alternative Semantics 2.3.5. Summary 2.4. Some Exceptions 2.4.1. Floutings 2.4.2. Reasoning contexts 2.4.3. Metalinguistic or 2.5. The Exclusive Interpretation of or 2.5.1. Critique of the ambiguity account 2.5.2. Gazdar’s (1979) account 2.5.3. Exclusivity from exhaustiveness 2.5.4. Exclusivity from alternativeness 2.5.5. Summary 2.6. Conclusion Notes to Chapter Two; 3. Presupposition Projection; 3.1. Introduction 3.1.1. The Basic Question 3.1.2. The Theoretical Issues 3.2. The Data 3.3. The Satisfaction Account of Presupposition Projection 3.3.1. Basics of the Satisfaction Account 3.3.2. CCPs for disjunction 3.3.3. Critique 3.4. Towards a New Account 3.4.1. Gazdar’s cancellation theory 3.4.2. The accommodation view: Van der Sandt (1992) 3.4.3. Translating DRSs into Stalnakerian contexts 3.5. The Account in Action 3.5.1. Basic cases 3.5.2. Entailing disjunctions again 3.5.3. Beaver’s counterexample 3.6. Conclusion Notes to Chapter Three; 4. Internal Anaphora; 4.1. Introduction 4.2. Anaphora-based Accounts in Dynamic Semantic Theories 4.2.1. DMG: Groenendijk and Stokhof (1990) 4.2.2. DRT: Kamp and Reyle (1993) 4.2.3. A second DRT proposal: Krahmer and Muskens (1994) 4.2.4. Van der Sandt (1992) revisited 4.3. A Felicity-based Approach 4.3.1. Introduction to the account 4.3.2. The E-type account of anaphora 4.3.3. A felicity-based solution to the internal anaphora puzzle 4.3.4. Summary 4.4. Further Data 4.4.1. Narrow scope antecedents 4.4.2. Non-E-type unbound anaphora 4.4.3. Pleonastic pronouns 4.5. Conclusion Notes to Chapter Four; 5. External Anaphora; 5.1. Introduction 5.2. The Basic Data 5.2.1. Anaphora to a disjunction of NPs 5.2.2. Clausal disjunction 5.3. A First Reformulation of the E-type Account 5.4. A Compositional Structural E-type Account 5.4.1. Presentation 5.4.2. Comparison with Chapter Four account 5.4.3. Narrow scope antecedents 5.5. Application to the External Anaphora Data 5.5.1. Anaphora to a disjunction of NPs 5.5.2. Anaphora to clausal disjunctions 5.5.3. Summary 5.6. The Single-antecedent Reading 5.6.1. Derivation of single-antecedent readings 5.6.2. Maximal quantifier antecedents 5.6.3. Summary 5.7. Other Approaches to External Anaphora 5.8. Further Issues for the E-type Account 5.8.1. Inference-based anaphora 5.8.2. Interpretation of plural pronouns 5.8.3. Anaphora to NP disjuncts and conjuncts 5.9. Conclusion Notes to Chapter Five; Concluding Remarks; Grice, Stalnaker and Dynamic Semantics; Appendix; Bibliography; Index

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Semantics and semiology are two of the most important branches of linguistics and have proven to be fecund areas for research. They examine language structures and how they are dictated by both the meanings and forms of communication employed — semantics by focusing on the denotation of words and fixed word combinations, and semiology by studying sign and sign processes. As numerous interrelated fields connect to and sub-disciplines branch off from these major spheres, they are essential to a thorough grounding in linguistics and crucial for further study.

‘Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology’ collects together wide-ranging works of scholarship that together provide a comprehensive overview of the preceding theoretical landscape, and expand and extend it in numerous directions. A number of interrelated disciplines are also discussed in conjunction with semantics and semiology such as anaphora, pragmatics, syntax, discourse analysis and the philosophy of language. This set reissues 14 books originally published between 1960 to 2000 and will be of interest to students of linguistics and the philosophy of language.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics