Optimality Theory and Pragmatics


Author: Reinhard Blutner,Anne Bezuidenhout,Richard Breheny,Sam Glucksberg,Francesca Happé
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230501400
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 304
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Ten leading scholars provide exacting research results and a reliable and accessible introduction to the new field of optimality theoretic pragmatics. The book includes a general introduction that overviews the foundations of this new research paradigm. The book is intended to satisfy the needs of students and professional researchers interested in pragmatics and optimality theory, and will be of particular interest to those exploring the interfaces of formal pragmatics with grammar, semantics, philosophy of language, information theory and cognitive psychology.

Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

From Uni- to Bidirectional Optimization
Author: Erin Zaroukian
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198757115
Category:
Page: 384
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This book investigates the morphosyntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of language, and the interactions between them, from the perspective of Optimality Theory. It integrates optimization processes into the formal and functional study of grammar, interpreting optimization as the result of conflicting, violable ranked constraints. Unlike previous work on the topic, this book also takes into account the question of directionality of grammar. A model of grammar in which optimization processes interact bidirectionally allows both language generation-the process of selecting the optimal form of a given meaning-and language interpretation-the process of optimal interpretation of a given form-to be taken into account. Chapters in this volume explore the consequences of both symmetric (unidirectional) and asymmetric (bidirectional) versions of Optimality Theory, investigating the syntax-semantics interface, first language acquisition, and sequential bilingual grammars. The volume presents cutting edge research in Optimality-Theoretic syntax and semantics, as well as demonstrating how optimization processes as modelled in this formalism serve as a viable approach for linguists and scholars in related fields.

Bidirectional Optimality Theory


Author: Anton Benz,Jason Mattausch
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027255636
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 279
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Bidirectional Optimality Theory (BiOT) emerged at the turn of the millennium as a fusion of Radical Pragmatics and Optimality Theoretic Semantics. It stirred a wealth of new research in the pragmatics-semantics interface and heavily influenced e.g. the development of evolutionary and game theoretic approaches. Optimality Theory holds that linguistic output can be understood as the optimized products of ranked constraints. At the centre of BiOT is the insight that this optimisation has to take place both in production and interpretation, and that the production-interpretation cycle has to lead back to the original input. BiOT is now generally interpreted as a description of diachronically stable and cognitively optimal form–meaning pairs. It found applications beyond the semantics-pragmatics interface in language acquisition, historical linguistics, phonology, syntax, and typology. This book provides a state of the art overview of these developments. It collects nine chapters by leading scientists in the field.

Pragmatics


Author: Noel Burton-Roberts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781403986993
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 267
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In this book, distinguished authors address a wide range of issues that have arisen in post-Gricean pragmatic theory.

The Prague bulletin of mathematical linguistics


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Mathematical linguistics
Page: N.A
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Studies in English Literature

English number
Author: Bayard Taylor
Publisher: Edition Synapse
ISBN: 9784861661013
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
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A Romance Perspective on Language Knowledge and Use

Selected Papers from the 31st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LRSL), Chicago, 19-22 April 2001
Author: Luis L?pez,Richard Cameron
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027247501
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 384
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Twenty-one articles from the 31st LSRL investigate cutting-edge issues and interfaces across phonology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, semantics, and syntax in multiple dialects of such Romance languages as Catalan, French, Creole French, and Spanish, both old and modern. Research in Romance phonology moves from the quantitative and synchronic to cover issues of diachrony and Optimality theory. Work within pragmatics and sociolinguistics also explores the synchronic/diachronic link while topicalizing such issues as change of non-pro-drop Swiss French toward pro-drop status, scalar implicatures, speech acts, word order, and simplification in contexts of language contact. Finally, debates in linguistic theory are resumed in the work on syntax and semantics within both a Minimalist perspective and an Optimality framework. How do Catalan and French children acquire AGR and TNS? Can Basque Spanish be compared to topic-oriented Chinese? If Spanish preverbal subjects occur in an A-position, can Spanish no longer be compared to Greek?

Optimal communication


Author: Reinhard Blutner,Helen de Hoop,Petra Hendriks
Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf
ISBN: 9781575865133
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 181
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Conversation tends to be much more effective than would seem possible with the imprecise and ambiguous medium of language. This book, the first devoted to Optimality Theoretic Semantics and bidirectional Optimality Theory, shows how communication combines aspects of semantics and pragmatics such as compositionality, the role of speaker and hearer, and the acquisition of meanings.

Subject Clitics in the Northern Italian Dialects

A Comparative Study Based on the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory
Author: Cecilia Goria
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402027389
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 288
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1. 0 INTRODUCTION This book provides an encompassing analysis of Subject Clitics (SCLs) by giving a detailed description of these elements in two varieties of Piedmontese, a Northern Italian Dialect: Astigiano and Turinese spoken in the areas of Asti and Turin respectively. It accounts for the structural position and function of these elements inside the computational system and for their morphological and distributional properties. It also provides an empirical and theoretical comparison between Piedmontese SCLs and SCLs in other Northern Italian Dialects (NIDs). of SCLs types in the NIDs have been regarded as Since the 1980s, the majority elements of agreement, in that they contribute to the realisation of subject verb agreement by expressing features of the subject similar, in a way, to verbal inflection. Nonetheless, SCLs are not to be assimilated to verbal affixes as they exhibit different properties. Most distinctively, they can be separated from the verb by other clitic elements and, in the case of the varieties considered here, SCLs are optional in all contexts and may be omitted in coordination. A more refined identification of SCLs separates SCLs which encode agreement features from those which do not and are related to pragmatic factors, as originally observed by Beninca (1994) with respect to the clitic a in Paduano The different morphological and syntactic properties that characterise SCLs across the NIDs have justified numerous accounts which regard them as head of their own projection.

Optimality Theory and Minimalism

Interface Theories
Author: Hans Broekhuis
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Potsdam
ISBN: 3940793612
Category: Grammar, Comparative and general
Page: 212
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Potential Questions at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface


Author: Edgar Onea
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004217932
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 400
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In Potential Questions at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface Edgar Onea proposes a novel theory of the role of the question under discussion in the interpretation of indefinites, appositives and further grammatical constructions.

Beyond Words

Content, Context, and Inference
Author: Frank Liedtke,Cornelia Schulze
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 1614512779
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 346
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In pragmatics, it is widely accepted that the overall meaning of an utterance performed as part of a verbal interchange is basically underdetermined by the meaning of the sentence uttered. What counts as having been said for most contemporary authors goes far beyond sentence meaning. Rather, it has to be considered as a complex utterance level combining semantic knowledge and context-driven, pragmatic information as an integrated whole. The focus of the present book lies on central questions about the nature, the function and the acquisition of pragmatic inferencing strategies. The question of the relation between the explicit and the implicit side of verbal communication and its mutual delimitation isaddressed. What is the character of pragmatic inferences, wherever they may be situated in a descriptive model? Are they nonce inferences arising anew in each act of communication, or do we have to conceive of them as based on regularities and conventions? What is an adequate model of the acquisition of the skills which are relevant for mastering the inferential processes leading to an adequate interpretation of utterances? And what is the relation between a theory of pragmatic enrichment and optimality theory with an OT pragmatics as a possible result?

Encyclopedia of language & linguistics


Author: E. K. Brown,R. E. Asher,J. M. Y. Simpson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780080442990
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: N.A
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PP-Extractions. A study on the relationship between grammar and pragmatics


Author: Claudia Schmellentin
Publisher: Max Niemeyer Verlag
ISBN: N.A
Category: German language
Page: 198
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In dieser Arbeit wird zum einen die Distribution der Extraktion von Prapositionalattributen beschrieben, zum anderen wird eine Theorie vorgeschlagen, die diese erklart. Die Beschreibung des Phanomens zeigt, dass es primar von grammatischen Prinzipien gesteuert ist, dass es jedoch auch durch kontextuelle und damit pragmatische Faktoren beeinflusst wird. Im Rahmen der Optimalitatstheorie gelingt es, diese zunachst unvereinbar scheinenden Faktoren durch ein einheitliches Modell zu erfassen. Die Arbeit tragt somit zum besseren Verstandnis der Interaktion grammatischer und pragmatischer Prinzipien bei.

Linguistics


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Linguistics
Page: N.A
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Constraint Solving and Language Processing

7th International Workshop, CSLP 2012, Orléans, France, September 13-14, 2012, Revised Selected Papers
Author: Denys Duchier,Yannick Parmentier
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3642415784
Category: Mathematics
Page: 179
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The Constraint Solving and Language Processing (CSLP) workshop considers the role of constraints in the representation of language and the implementation of language processing applications. This theme should be interpreted inclusively: it includes contributions from linguistics, computer science, psycholinguistics and related areas, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary perspectives. Constraints are widely used in linguistics, computer science, and psychology. How they are used, however, varies widely according to the research domain: knowledge representation, cognitive modelling, problem solving mechanisms, etc. These different perspectives are complementary, each one adding a piece to the puzzle.

Language Acquisition and Development

Proceedings of GALA 2007
Author: Anna Gavarró,M. João Freitas
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144381590X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 520
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This volume gathers fifty papers from the conference Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, GALA 2007, celebrated in Barcelona between the 6th and 8th of September, 2007. It covers the areas of syntax and phonology of child language from the theoretical perspective of generative grammar – the theoretical outlook which first placed language acquisition at the centre of linguistic inquiry.

Constraints in Discourse 2


Author: Peter Kühnlein,Anton Benz,C. L. Sidner
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027254389
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 180
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Text is highly structured, and structured at a variety of levels. But what are the units of text, which levels are at stake, and what establishes the structure that binds the units together? This volume, just as the predecessor a spin off of one of the workshops on constraints in discourse, contains the most recent, thoroughly reviewed papers by specialists in the area that try to give answers to such questions. It helps deepening the understanding of a multiplicity of mechanisms and constraints that are at work during production and comprehension of well-formed discourse. Researchers from linguistics, both formal and psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive sciences will appreciate this book as a valuable resource for information and inspiration.

Pragmatics


Author: Yan Huang
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199577765
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 400
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Yan Huang's highly successful textbook on pragmatics - the study of language in use - has been fully revised and updated in this second edition. It includes a brand new chapter on reference, a major topic in both linguistics and the philosophy of language. Chapters have also been updated to include new material on upward and downward entailment, current debates about conversational implicature, impoliteness, emotional deixis, contextualism versus semantic minimalism, and the elimination of binding conditions. The book draws on data from English and a wide range of the world's languages, and shows how pragmatics is related to the study of semantics, syntax, and sociolinguistics and to such fields as the philosophy of language, linguistic anthropology, and artificial intelligence. Professor Huang includes exercises and essay topics at the end of each chapter, and offers guidance and suggested solutions at the end of the volume. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, this new edition will continue to be an ideal textbook for students of linguistics, and a valuable resource for scholars and students of language in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and computer science.

The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia


Author: Louise Cummings
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135214573
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 680
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First Published in 2009. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.