24.491, Books: Two-dimensional Semantics: Scheffler

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Subject: 24.491, Books: Two-dimensional Semantics: Scheffler

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Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:44:31
From: Linda Steglich [linda.steglich at degruyter.com]
Subject: Two-dimensional Semantics: Scheffler

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Title: Two-dimensional Semantics 
Subtitle: Clausal Adjuncts and Complements 
Series Title: De Gruyter Linguistische Arbeiten 549  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/186382?format=G 


Author: Tatjana Scheffler

Electronic: ISBN:  9783110302332 Pages: 188 Price: Europe EURO 79.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9783110302141 Pages: 188 Price: Europe EURO 79.95


Abstract:

This book argues that in order to account for the compositional behavior of
many near-synonymous items, semantic analyses need to pay close attention to
at least two semantic dimensions: standard assertions and conventional
implicatures, which express additional side comments. The discussed phenomena
are clausal adjuncts and complements in German. The new analysis of ‘weil’ and
‘denn’ (‘because’) shows that both contribute the same semantic operator, but
one as an assertion, the other as a conventional implicature. This explains
why only ‘denn’ can have speech-act modifying uses. This novel two-dimensional
analysis is extended to other sentence adjuncts such as regular vs. relevance
conditionals, although-clauses, and sentence adverbs. Further, the book
investigates certain complement clauses. It analyzes sliftings as
evidential-like parentheticals which contribute their meaning on the
conventional implicature dimension. In contrast, German embedded verb-second
clauses are shown to be truly embedded and analyzed as operating in the
assertion dimension. The verb-second syntax is shown to contribute an
additional epistemic component on the conventional implicature dimension.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): German (deu)


Written In: English  (eng)

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