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TitleReference and Anaphoric Relations [electronic resource] / edited by Klaus von Heusinger, Urs Egli
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2000
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Descript XII, 352 p. 1 illus. online resource


This book is a collection of original research articles on the representation and inยญ terpretation of indefinite and definite noun phrases, anaphoric pronouns, and closely related issues such as reference, scope and quantifier movement. A variety of frameยญ works for the formal analysis of discourse semantics are represented, including disยญ course representation theory, file change semantics, dynamic Logic, E-type theories, and choice function approaches, which was one of the main issues the Konstanz project were concerned with. All of these frameworks are couched in the tradition of Montague Grammar, even though they extend the classical formalism in different directions. The developments emerged from the modern discussion of problems for the representation of cross-sentential anaphoric relations involving pronouns, and the interpretation of definite and indefinite noun phrases. After a decade of controversy, these approaches are merging together, enriching each other's formal mechanisms rather than expressing opposition. Thus, the articles in this volume concentrate on fundamental semantic questions, and also extend the current formalisms in order to capture more data. The roots of this book lie in the workshop "Reference and Anaphoric Relations", which was held at the University of Konstanz in June 1996. Five main issues were discussed: (i) the Stoic and scholastic treatment of reference and anaphora; (ii) quanยญ tification and scope, (iii) anaphoric reference; (iv) the representation of indefinite NPs with choice functions; and (v) the relation between linguistic expressions, their repยญ resentations and their meanings


Introduction: Reference and the Semantics of Anaphora -- Historical Aspects of Anaphoric Relations -- Anaphora from Athens to Amsterdam -- Understanding the Semantics of โ{128}{156}relativa grammaticaliaโ{128}{157}: Some Medieval Logicians on Anaphoric Pronouns -- Meaning in Motion -- Quantification and Scope -- Scope Matters -- Scope Ambiguities with Negative Quantifiers -- Definiteness Effect: The Case of Russian -- Polarity, and Plurality, Persistence -- Anaphoric Reference -- Anaphoric Relations Across Attitude Contexts -- The Grammar of the Attitudes -- Choice Functions and the Semantics of Indefinites -- Some Remarks on Choice Functions and LF-Movement -- What Makes Choice Natural? -- The Reference of Indefinites -- Representation and Interpretation -- Reference and Inference: The Case of Anaphora -- Coreference and Representationalism -- Underspecified Semantics -- Index of Subjects -- Index of Names

Linguistics Language and languages -- Philosophy Artificial intelligence Semantics Linguistics Semantics Theoretical Linguistics Philosophy of Language Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics)


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