Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning: Neo-Gricean studies in by Gregory L. Ward, Betty J. Birner

By Gregory L. Ward, Betty J. Birner

Some of the most vigorous and contentious concerns in modern linguistic conception matters the elusive boundary among semantics and pragmatics, and Professor Laurence R. Horn of Yale collage has been on the middle of that discuss ever for the reason that his groundbreaking 1972 UCLA dissertation. This quantity in honor of Horn brings jointly the easiest of present paintings on the semantics/pragmatics boundary from a neo-Gricean point of view. that includes the contributions of twenty-two prime researchers, it contains papers on implicature (Kent Bach), inference (Betty Birner), presupposition (Barbara Abbott), lexical semantics (Georgia eco-friendly, 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 good judgment (Jerrold Sadock, Francis Jeffry Pelletier & Andrew Hartline). those unique papers signify not just a becoming homage to Larry Horn, but in addition a major contribution to semantic and pragmatic concept.

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And W. Lycan. 1976. The Myth of Semantic Presupposition. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Linguistics Club. Burton-Roberts, N. 1989. The Limits to Debate: A Revised Theory of Semantic Presupposition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chierchia, G. and S. McConnell-Ginet. 1990. Meaning and Grammar. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Donnellan, K. 1966. Reference and definite descriptions. Philosophical Review 77:281–304. Where have some of the presuppositions gone? Frege, G. 1892. Über Sinn und Bedeutung.

For example, in uttering “Bill is meeting a woman this evening” you would normally (in the absence of special circumstances) be implicating that the woman in question is not Bill’s wife. So it makes sense, without considering actual speakers’ intentions, to talk about what is likely to be implicated when a certain sentence is uttered. This might suggest that the GCI is a property of the sentence itself, even though GCIs are not semantic in character but are pragmatic regularities. Even so, it is the speaker, not the sentence, that does the implicating.

Karttunen, L. 1970. On the semantics of complement sentences. CLS 6. 328–339. Karttunen, L. 1973a. Presuppositions of compound sentences. Linguistic Inquiry 4:169–193. Karttunen, L. 1973b. STOP – is there a presupposition, or isn’t there? Ms. Karttunen, L. 1974. Presupposition and linguistic context. Theoretical Linguistics 1:181–193. Karttunen, L. and S. Peters. 1979. Conventional implicature. -K. Oh and D. , Syntax and Semantics, Volume 11: Presupposition. New York: Academic Press. 1–56. Kiparsky, P.

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