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Sense and sensitivity : how focus determines meaning

Author: David I Beaver; Brady Z Clark
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
Series: Explorations in semantics, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sense and Sensitivity advances a novel research proposal in the nascent field of formal pragmatics, exploring in detail the semantics and pragmatics of focus in natural language discourse. The authors develop a new account of focus sensitivity, and show that what has hitherto been regarded as a uniform phenomenon in fact results from three different mechanisms."--Jacket.
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Beaver, David I., 1966-
Sense and sensitivity.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008
(OCoLC)681458943
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David I Beaver; Brady Z Clark
ISBN: 9781405112635 1405112638 9781405112642 1405112646
OCLC Number: 191090424
Description: xiv, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Intonation and meaning --
Three degrees of association : quasi, free, and conventional --
Compositional analysis of focus --
Pragmatic explanation of focus --
Soft focus : association with reduced material --
Lacking focus : extraction and ellipsis --
Monotonicity and presupposition --
Exclusives : facts and history --
Exclusives : a discourse account.
Series Title: Explorations in semantics, 5.
Responsibility: David I. Beaver and Brady Z. Clark.
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Sense and Sensitivity explores the semantic and pragmatic effects of focus in natural language discourse. The book concentrates on focus sensitivity, the remarkable dependency some words have on the  Read more...

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"Move over, Austen--and Austin. Prodigiously comprehensive and engagingly presented, Beaver and Clark's rich and subtle study of focus is essential reading on intonational meaning, scalar particles, Read more...

 
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