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Concealed Questions

Concealed Questions

Ilaria Frana

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199670925
eISBN:
9780191749605
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670925.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

Understanding the properties of questions and their embedding predicates has been a central project in theoretical syntax and semantics over the last fifty years. This book examines the semantic ... More

Definite Descriptions

Definite Descriptions

Paul Elbourne

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199660193
eISBN:
9780191757303
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660193.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book argues that definite descriptions refer to or range overindividuals, as claimed by Frege and Strawson. Working within asituation semantics framework, Elbourne maintains that ... More

Epistemic IndefinitesExploring Modality Beyond the Verbal Domain

Epistemic Indefinites: Exploring Modality Beyond the Verbal Domain

Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula Menéndez-Benito (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199665297
eISBN:
9780191779732
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665297.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

Within formal semantics, research on the expression of modality in natural language has traditionally focused on verbs. This book brings together novel work on the semantics and pragmatics of some ... More

Future Times, Future Tenses

Future Times, Future Tenses

Philippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine, and Saghie Sharifzadeh (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199679157
eISBN:
9780191758294
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679157.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

From our present point of view, the future is not fixed. While there is arguably only one past, the future is largely ‘open’ and/or ‘indeterminate’. For this reason, linguistic temporal reference to ... More

Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork

Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork

M. Ryan Bochnak and Lisa Matthewson (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190212339
eISBN:
9780190212353
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212339.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This volume discusses methodological issues in conducting elicitation on semantic topics in a fieldwork situation. While some chapters cover issues specific to certain semantic topics (e.g., ... More

Modals and ConditionalsNew and Revised Perspectives

Modals and Conditionals: New and Revised Perspectives

Angelika Kratzer

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199234684
eISBN:
9780191738432
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234684.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

The book contains new editions of a selection of author’s works on modals and conditionals: What “Must” and “Can” Must and Can Mean, The Notional Category of Modality, Partition and Revision, ... More

Mood

Mood

Paul Portner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780199547524
eISBN:
9780191851179
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199547524.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

The category of mood is widely used in the description of languages and the formal analysis of their grammatical properties. It typically refers to features of a sentence’s form (or a class of ... More

Parts of a WholeDistributivity as a Bridge between Aspect and Measurement

Parts of a Whole: Distributivity as a Bridge between Aspect and Measurement

Lucas Champollion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198755128
eISBN:
9780191816505
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198755128.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

Why can I tell you that I ran for five minutes but not that I *ran all the way to the store for five minutes? Why can you say that there are five pounds of books in this package if it contains ... More

The Present Perfective Paradox across Languages

The Present Perfective Paradox across Languages

Astrid De Wit

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198759539
eISBN:
9780191820250
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759539.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book analyzes the interaction between present-tense marking and aspect in English, French, the English-based Surinamese creole language Sranan, and a variety of Slavic languages (Russian, ... More

Questions

Questions

Veneeta Dayal

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199281268
eISBN:
9780191757396
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

The study of questions is one of the major success stories in modern semantics. This book synthesizes and integrates 40 years of research on the semantics of questions, and its interface with ... More

The Semantics of Evaluativity

The Semantics of Evaluativity

Jessica Rett

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199602476
eISBN:
9780191779756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602476.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

The simplest form in which gradable adjectives are used—positive constructions, like John is tall—carry an additional semantic component, evaluativity, that is not part of the adjective’s lexicalized ... More

The Semantics of Evidentials

The Semantics of Evidentials

Sarah E. Murray

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780199681570
eISBN:
9780191760952
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199681570.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book gives a compositional, truth‐conditional, crosslinguistic semantics for evidentials set in a theory of the semantics for sentential mood. Central to this semantics is a proposal about a ... More

Spatial Language and Dialogue

Spatial Language and Dialogue

Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199554201
eISBN:
9780191721236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book considers how people talk about the location of objects and places. Spatial language has occupied many researchers across diverse fields, such as linguistics, psychology, GIScience, ... More

Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality

Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality

James Higginbotham

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199239313
eISBN:
9780191716904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239313.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

James Higginbotham's work on tense, aspect, and indexicality discusses the principles governing demonstrative, temporal, and indexical expressions in natural language, and presents new ideas in the ... More

Use-Conditional MeaningStudies in Multidimensional Semantics

Use-Conditional Meaning: Studies in Multidimensional Semantics

Daniel Gutzmann

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198723820
eISBN:
9780191791161
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

Pragmatic theories of meaning that go under the slogan of “meaning as use” are often conceived as fundamentally opposed to traditional truth-conditional semantics. However, Kaplan’s classic ... More

Weak Island Semantics

Weak Island Semantics

Márta Abrusán

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199639380
eISBN:
9780191757426
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639380.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book presents a novel semantic account of weak, or selective, islands. Weak islands are configurations that block the displacement of certain elements in a sentence. Examples of island ... More

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