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Constraints on numerical expressions

Author: Chris Cummins
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Series: Oxford studies in semantics and pragmatics, 5
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Chris Cummins presents a novel pragmatic account of the meaning and use of numerically-quantified expressions. In it, the author lays out a set of criteria that are argued individually to influence the speaker's choice of expression. The process of choosing what to say is then treated as a problem of multiple constraint satisfaction. This approach enables multiple different considerations, drawn from principles of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Cummins
ISBN: 9780191767326 0191767328 9780191511738 0191511730
OCLC Number: 905650101
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 212 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Introduction ; 2. Constructing a constraint-based model ; 3. Deriving predications from the constraint-based account ; 4. Towards a pragmatic account of superlative quantifier usage ; 5. Scalar implicatures from numerically-quantified expressions ; 6. Corpus evidence for constraints on numerical expressions ; 7. Overview and outlook ; Appendices ; References ; Index
Series Title: Oxford studies in semantics and pragmatics, 5
Responsibility: Chris Cummins.

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This book focuses on the question of how expressions involving number are used by speakers and understood by hearers. The author lays out a set of criteria that are argued individually to influence  Read more...

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