Issues in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Disjunction Mandy Simons

ISBN: 9780815337911

Published: April 20th 2000

Hardcover

259 pages


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Issues in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Disjunction  by  Mandy Simons

Issues in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Disjunction by Mandy Simons
April 20th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 259 pages | ISBN: 9780815337911 | 10.16 Mb

This book opens by accounting for the felicity conditions on clausal disjunctions in terms of general principles of information update, and goes on to demonstrate that these conditions provide the basis for an account of both the presuppositionMoreThis book opens by accounting for the felicity conditions on clausal disjunctions in terms of general principles of information update, and goes on to demonstrate that these conditions provide the basis for an account of both the presupposition projection properties of disjunction, an d the possibility of anaphora between disjuncts.

It is argued that presuppositions of disjuncts project except where projection would result in infelicity. Similarly, it is argued that while the semantics of pronoun interpretation allow for cross-disjunct anaphora, in certain configurations this anaphora results in infelicitous disjunctions.

Cross-disjunct anaphora is given an E-type treatment- some novel data are considered which support this approach. Throughout the book, it is emphasized that while principles of information update play an important explanatory role with respect to the phenomena discussed, these principles are pragmatic and not semantic.

What or contributes to the semantics is the expression of Boolean join. This approach challenges Dynamic Semantic treatments of the same phenomena.



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