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The Cambridge Handbook of Formal Semantics

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Barbara H. Partee, James Pustejovsky, Peter Pagin, Nicholas Asher, Jonathan Ginzburg, Paul J. E. Dekker, Thomas Ede Zimmermann, Dag Westerståhl, Adrian Brasoveanu, Donka F. Farkas, Rick Nouwen, Ariel Cohen, Atle Grønn, Arnim von Stechow, Susan Rothstein, Lucas Champollion, Manfred Krifka, Hans Kamp, Galit W. Sassoon, Louise McNally, Henriëtte de Swart, Paul Egré, Mikaël Cozic, Lisa Matthewson, Maria Aloni, Jeroen Groenendijk, Paul Portner, Manfred Sailer, Philippe Schlenker, Enric Vallduví, Giosuè Baggio, Keith Stenning, Michiel van Lambalgen, Matthew Stone
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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107028395

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  • Formal semantics - the scientific study of meaning in natural language - is one of the most fundamental and long-established areas of linguistics. This Handbook offers a comprehensive, yet compact guide to the field, bringing together research from a wide range of world-leading experts. Chapters include coverage of the historical context and foundation of contemporary formal semantics, a survey of the variety of formal/logical approaches to linguistic meaning and an overview of the major areas of research within current semantic theory, broadly conceived. The Handbook also explores the interfaces between semantics and neighbouring disciplines, including research in cognition and computation. This work will be essential reading for students and researchers working in linguistics, philosophy, psychology and computer science.

    • Provides the reader with a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of formal semantics as a field of research
    • Designed to appeal to philosophers, psychologists and computer scientists, as well as linguists
    • Chapters are written by leading researchers in the field
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    'After half a century of intensive research, formal semantics has become a mature discipline taught in most linguistics departments. The Amsterdam people were among the pioneers, and they offer us what is most needed today: a comprehensive handbook covering the entire field, each chapter of which is written by a world expert. A must read for anyone interested in language.' Francois Recanati, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris

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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107028395
    • length: 938 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 184 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.98kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Landscape of Formal Semantics:
    1. Formal semantics Barbara H. Partee
    2. Lexical semantics James Pustejovsky
    3. Sentential semantics Peter Pagin
    4. Discourse semantics Nicholas Asher
    5. Semantics of dialogue Jonathan Ginzburg
    Part II. Theory of Reference and Quantification:
    6. Reference Paul J. E. Dekker and Thomas Ede Zimmermann
    7. Generalized quantifiers Dag Westerståhl
    8. Indefinites Adrian Brasoveanu and Donka F. Farkas
    9. Plurality Rick Nouwen
    10. Genericity Ariel Cohen
    Part III. Temporal and Aspectual Ontology and Other Semantic Structures:
    11. Tense Atle Grønn and Arnim von Stechow
    12. Aspect Susan Rothstein
    13. Mereology Lucas Champollion and Manfred Krifka
    14. Vagueness Hans Kamp and Galit W. Sassoon
    15. Modification Louise McNally
    Part IV. Intensionality and Force:
    16. Negation Henriëtte de Swart
    17. Conditionals Paul Egré and Mikaël Cozic
    18. Modality Lisa Matthewson
    19. Questions Paul Dekker, Maria Aloni and Jeroen Groenendijk
    20. Imperatives Paul Portner
    Part V. The Interfaces:
    21. The syntax-semantics interface Manfred Sailer
    22. The semantics-pragmatics interface Philippe Schlenker
    23. Information structure Enric Vallduví
    24. Semantics and cognition Giosuè Baggio, Keith Stenning and Michiel van Lambalgen
    25. Semantics and computation Matthew Stone.

  • Editors

    Maria Aloni, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Maria Aloni is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2001, she received her PhD from the same university. Her primary research interests lie in the area of formal semantics and pragmatics and philosophical logic. She is the author of several papers on quantification, cross-word identification, disjunction, modality, imperatives, conversational implicatures, and more.

    Paul Dekker, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Paul Dekker is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam. He is a leading scholar and researcher in the area of formal semantics and the philosophy of language. His book Dynamic Semantics was published in 2012. His work is concerned with formal aspects of the meaning and use of natural language. His specific interests include reference, intentionality, quantification and discourse.

    Contributors

    Barbara H. Partee, James Pustejovsky, Peter Pagin, Nicholas Asher, Jonathan Ginzburg, Paul J. E. Dekker, Thomas Ede Zimmermann, Dag Westerståhl, Adrian Brasoveanu, Donka F. Farkas, Rick Nouwen, Ariel Cohen, Atle Grønn, Arnim von Stechow, Susan Rothstein, Lucas Champollion, Manfred Krifka, Hans Kamp, Galit W. Sassoon, Louise McNally, Henriëtte de Swart, Paul Egré, Mikaël Cozic, Lisa Matthewson, Maria Aloni, Jeroen Groenendijk, Paul Portner, Manfred Sailer, Philippe Schlenker, Enric Vallduví, Giosuè Baggio, Keith Stenning, Michiel van Lambalgen, Matthew Stone

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