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by Gennaro Chierchia and Sally McConnell-Ginet

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Copyright: 2000

Publisher: MIT Press

Published: 2000

International: No

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This self-contained introduction to natural language semantics addresses the major theoretical questions in the field. The authors introduce the systematic study of linguistic meaning through a sequence of formal tools and their linguistic applications. Starting with propositional connectives and truth conditions, the book moves to quantification and binding, intensionality and tense, and so on. To set their approach in a broader perspective, the authors also explore the interaction of meaning with context and use (the semantics-pragmatics interface) and address some of the foundational questions, especially in connection with cognition in general. They also introduce a few of the most accessible and interesting ideas from recent research to give the reader a bit of the flavor of current work in semantics. The organization of this new edition is modular; after the introductory chapters, the remaining material can be covered in flexible order. The book presupposes no background in formal logic (an appendix introduces the basic notions of set theory) and only a minimal acquaintance with linguistics. This edition includes a substantial amount of completely new material and has been not only updated but redesigned throughout to enhance its user-friendliness.

**Chierchia, Gennaro : University of Milan**

Gennaro Chierchia is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Milan.

**McConnell, Sally : Cornell University **

Sally McConnell-Ginet is Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University.

Preface

Preface to the Second Edition

1 The Empirical Domain of Semantics

1 Introduction

2 General Constraints on Semantic Theory

3 Implication Relations

4 More Semantic Relations and Properties

5 Summary

2 Denotation, Truth, and Meaning

1 Introduction

2 Denotation

3 Truth

4 Problems

3 Quantification and Logical Form

1 Introduction

2 Quantification in English

3 Logical Form (If)

4 Speaking, Meaning, and Doing

1 Introduction

2 Expression Meaning and Speaker's Meaning

3 Sentential Force and Discourse Dynamics

4 Speech Acts

5 Conversational Implicature

5 Intensionality

1 Introduction

2 IPC: An Elementary Intensional Logic

3 Some Intensional Constructions in English

4 Problems with Belief Sentences

6 Contexts: Indexicality, Discourse, and Presupposition

1 Introduction

2 Indexicals

3 Presuppositions and Contexts

4 Projecting Presuppositions Recursively

7 Lambda Abstraction

1 An Elementary Introduction to Lambda Abstraction

2 Semantics via Translation

3 VP Disjunction and Conjunction

4 Relative Clauses

5 VP Anaphora

6 Conclusions

8 Word Meaning

1 Introduction

2 Semantic Analysis of Words

3 Modifiers

4 More on Verbal Semantics

5 Semantic Imprecision

9 Generalized Quantifiers

1 The Semantic Value of NPs

2 PCGQ and F4

3 Generalized Conjunction

4 Generalized Quantifiers and Empirical Properties of Language

5 Concluding Remarks

Appendix: Set-Theoretic Notation and Concepts

Notes

References

Index

Summary

This self-contained introduction to natural language semantics addresses the major theoretical questions in the field. The authors introduce the systematic study of linguistic meaning through a sequence of formal tools and their linguistic applications. Starting with propositional connectives and truth conditions, the book moves to quantification and binding, intensionality and tense, and so on. To set their approach in a broader perspective, the authors also explore the interaction of meaning with context and use (the semantics-pragmatics interface) and address some of the foundational questions, especially in connection with cognition in general. They also introduce a few of the most accessible and interesting ideas from recent research to give the reader a bit of the flavor of current work in semantics. The organization of this new edition is modular; after the introductory chapters, the remaining material can be covered in flexible order. The book presupposes no background in formal logic (an appendix introduces the basic notions of set theory) and only a minimal acquaintance with linguistics. This edition includes a substantial amount of completely new material and has been not only updated but redesigned throughout to enhance its user-friendliness.

Author Bio

**Chierchia, Gennaro : University of Milan**

Gennaro Chierchia is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Milan.

**McConnell, Sally : Cornell University **

Sally McConnell-Ginet is Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Preface to the Second Edition

1 The Empirical Domain of Semantics

1 Introduction

2 General Constraints on Semantic Theory

3 Implication Relations

4 More Semantic Relations and Properties

5 Summary

2 Denotation, Truth, and Meaning

1 Introduction

2 Denotation

3 Truth

4 Problems

3 Quantification and Logical Form

1 Introduction

2 Quantification in English

3 Logical Form (If)

4 Speaking, Meaning, and Doing

1 Introduction

2 Expression Meaning and Speaker's Meaning

3 Sentential Force and Discourse Dynamics

4 Speech Acts

5 Conversational Implicature

5 Intensionality

1 Introduction

2 IPC: An Elementary Intensional Logic

3 Some Intensional Constructions in English

4 Problems with Belief Sentences

6 Contexts: Indexicality, Discourse, and Presupposition

1 Introduction

2 Indexicals

3 Presuppositions and Contexts

4 Projecting Presuppositions Recursively

7 Lambda Abstraction

1 An Elementary Introduction to Lambda Abstraction

2 Semantics via Translation

3 VP Disjunction and Conjunction

4 Relative Clauses

5 VP Anaphora

6 Conclusions

8 Word Meaning

1 Introduction

2 Semantic Analysis of Words

3 Modifiers

4 More on Verbal Semantics

5 Semantic Imprecision

9 Generalized Quantifiers

1 The Semantic Value of NPs

2 PCGQ and F4

3 Generalized Conjunction

4 Generalized Quantifiers and Empirical Properties of Language

5 Concluding Remarks

Appendix: Set-Theoretic Notation and Concepts

Notes

References

Index

Publisher Info

Publisher: MIT Press

Published: 2000

International: No

Published: 2000

International: No

**Chierchia, Gennaro : University of Milan**

Gennaro Chierchia is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Milan.

**McConnell, Sally : Cornell University **

Sally McConnell-Ginet is Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University.

Preface

Preface to the Second Edition

1 The Empirical Domain of Semantics

1 Introduction

2 General Constraints on Semantic Theory

3 Implication Relations

4 More Semantic Relations and Properties

5 Summary

2 Denotation, Truth, and Meaning

1 Introduction

2 Denotation

3 Truth

4 Problems

3 Quantification and Logical Form

1 Introduction

2 Quantification in English

3 Logical Form (If)

4 Speaking, Meaning, and Doing

1 Introduction

2 Expression Meaning and Speaker's Meaning

3 Sentential Force and Discourse Dynamics

4 Speech Acts

5 Conversational Implicature

5 Intensionality

1 Introduction

2 IPC: An Elementary Intensional Logic

3 Some Intensional Constructions in English

4 Problems with Belief Sentences

6 Contexts: Indexicality, Discourse, and Presupposition

1 Introduction

2 Indexicals

3 Presuppositions and Contexts

4 Projecting Presuppositions Recursively

7 Lambda Abstraction

1 An Elementary Introduction to Lambda Abstraction

2 Semantics via Translation

3 VP Disjunction and Conjunction

4 Relative Clauses

5 VP Anaphora

6 Conclusions

8 Word Meaning

1 Introduction

2 Semantic Analysis of Words

3 Modifiers

4 More on Verbal Semantics

5 Semantic Imprecision

9 Generalized Quantifiers

1 The Semantic Value of NPs

2 PCGQ and F4

3 Generalized Conjunction

4 Generalized Quantifiers and Empirical Properties of Language

5 Concluding Remarks

Appendix: Set-Theoretic Notation and Concepts

Notes

References

Index