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Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication

K. M. Jaszczolt


The book offers an original theory of meaning in discourse that combines a dynamic representation of discourse with an intentional explanation of processing. It contains an exposition of a theory of default semantics and its application to a range of language constructions. Default semantics provides cognitive foundations of discourse interpretation and does so in a broadly conceived truth-conditional framework where truth conditions are applied to utterances. The theory combines the subject matter of post-Gricean ‘truth-conditional pragmatics’ with the formalism and semanticization of meaning ... More

Keywords: default interpretations, discourse representation theory, dynamic semantics, compositionality, semantics/pragmatics boundary, merger representations, definite descriptions, propositional attitude reports, futurity, presupposition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.001.0001


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K. M. Jaszczolt, author
University of Cambridge
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