Reference and Anaphoric Relations

Reference and Anaphoric Relations

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The notions of reference and anaphoric relations have been discussed since antiquity and they are still one of the most challenging subjects in linguistics, logics and philosophy of language. The quest for a satisfying account of anaphoric reference has initiated a wide range of new and interesting approaches in formal semantics; and recent research confirms the old insight that reference and anaphoricity are closely interrelated issues. This volume brings together 15 original research articles on the representation and interpretation of indefinite and definite noun phrases, anaphoric pronouns, and closely related issues such as scope and quantifier movement. The analyses are worked out within discourse representation theory, file change semantics, and dynamic logic, a family of recent frameworks developed for the formal analysis of discourse semantics. Particular attention is paid to E-type theories of pronouns and to the use of choice functions in the semantics of noun phrases. The papers collected in this volume shed light on the question of how linguistic expressions establish reference and anaphoric relations.
The use of choice function approaches within dynamic semantics opens new research perspectives on these questions.
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  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 657.72g
  • United States
  • English
  • indexes
  • 0792360702
  • 9780792360704

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From the reviews: "This book is a gem. The layout is beautiful. The editing is superb. The different contributions have been put into very coherent sections. I strongly recommend this book to all those who are interested in the syntax-semantics." (Eric Mathieu, Journal of Linguistics, 39, 2003)
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Table of contents

Participants of the workshop. Contributors. Preface. Introduction: Reference and the Semantics of Anaphora; K. von Heusinger, U. Egli. Historical aspects of Anaphoric Relations. Anaphora from Athens to Amsterdam; U. Egli. Understanding the Semantics of `relativa grammaticalia': Some Medieval Logicians on Anaphoric Pronouns; R. Hulsen. Meaning in Motion; J. Groenendijk, M. Stokhof. Quantification and Scope. Scope Matters; D. Farkas. Scope Ambiguities with Negative Quantifiers; H. de Swart. Definiteness Effect: The Case of Russian; E. Paducheva. Persistence, Polarity, and Plurality; S. Neale. Anaphoric Reference. Anaphoric Relations Across Attitude Contexts; R. van Rooy. The Grammar of the Attitudes; H. Slater. Choice Functions and the Semantics of Indefinites. Some Remarks on Choice Functions and LF-Movement; A. von Stechow. What Makes Choice Natural? Y. Winter. The Reference of Indefinites; K. von Heusinger. Representation and Interpretation. Reference and Inference: The Case of Anaphora; J. Peregrin. Coreference and Representationalism; P. Dekker. Underspecified Semantics; R. Muskens. Index of Subjects. Index of Names.
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