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Accommodation  

David Beaver and Henk Zeevat

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2012
This article explores the complex and intricate problem of accommodation, which sits right at the linguistic interface between semantics and pragmatics. Accommodation is an inferential ... More

Adjective Meaning and Scales  

Stephanie Solt

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Mar 2019
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May 2019
The topics of adjective meaning and scalarity offer a prime example of the benefits of experimental research in formal semantics. This chapter presents a series of case studies ... More

Aircraft Names  

Guy Puzey

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter covers examples of naming practices for aircraft types as well as for individual airframes, focusing on heavier-than-air aircraft, in other words machines intended to move ... More

Animal Names  

Katharina Leibring

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter discusses the names of domestic animals from both a diachronic and a synchronic point of view. The focus is on the names of production animals and of companion animals in ... More

Antecedent-Contained Deletion  

Kristen Syrett

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Mar 2019
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May 2019
This chapter introduces the linguistic phenomenon of Antecedent-Contained Deletion (ACD): a type of construction in which a site of Verb Phrase Ellipsis (VPE) is contained in the ... More

Astronomical Names  

Marc Alexander

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
The study of astronomical naming practices sits at the intersection of astronomy and onomastics, and reveals much about scientific and general culture in both the historical background of, ... More

Bynames and Nicknames  

Eva Brylla

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter presents bynaming systems in the North and West Germanic areas. The terms byname and nickname are classified, with the former being used here as an inclusive term, and the ... More

Choosing a Name: How Name-Givers’ Feelings Influence Their Selections  

Cynthia Whissell

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Jun 2015
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Apr 2014
This chapter discusses the ways in which the affect or emotion experienced by name-givers in response to stereotypes, to aesthetics, and to past, present, and potential future events in ... More

Cognitive Linguistics and Philosophy  

Peter Harder

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2012
How one sees the relationship between cognitive linguistics and philosophy depends on what one takes to be the role and nature of philosophy. The approach followed in this article is the ... More

Commercial Names  

Paula Sjöblom

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
The aim of this chapter is to present the internationally increasing research on commercial nomenclature and also the variable terminology used in different research traditions. Commercial ... More

Communication And The complexity of semantics  

Peter Pagin

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the relevance of computational complexity for cognition. The syntactic items may be expressions that are surface strings. But in general, strings are syntactically ... More

Composition Ality, Flexibility, And Context Dependence  

François Recanati

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2012
The compositionality idea is the idea that semantic interpretation proceeds in two steps. Simple expressions are interpreted by means of lexical rules, which assign meanings to them ... More

Compositionality and The Context Principle  

Gabriel Sandu

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2012
Hodges' Extension Theorem is perfectly designed for the kind of extension problem of principle of compositionality, which arises in the so-called IF languages. These languages satisfy the ... More

Constraint-Based Pragmatic Processing  

Judith Degen and Michael K. Tanenhaus

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Mar 2019
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May 2019
Processing language requires integrating information from multiple sources, including context, world knowledge, and the linguistic signal itself. How is this information integrated? A ... More

Conventional Implicatures: A Distinguished Class of Meanings  

Christopher Potts

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2012
This article takes the old definition of conventional implicatures (CIs) and argues that this singles out a distinct and pervasive phenomenon in natural language. It also addresses the ... More

Corpus-based Approaches to Names in Literature  

Karina van Dalen-Oskam

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter describes the development in literary onomastics from the analysis of isolated (personal) names towards the analysis of all names in the so-called ‘onymic landscape’, not only ... More

Counterfactuals  

Heather Ferguson

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Mar 2019
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May 2019
This chapter explores counterfactual language understanding (e.g. If money grew on trees…), which requires false information to be accepted as temporarily true (and vice versa). First, ... More

Distributivity  

Kristen Syrett

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Mar 2019
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May 2019
This chapter introduces the related topics of distributivity, collectivity, and cumulativity. Evidence is reviewed for the availability of multiple readings of ambiguous sentences that ... More

Ethnonyms  

Adrian Koopman

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter begins by looking at the anomalous nature of ethnonyms, partly because of lack of consensus amongst onomasticians as to whether ethnonyms can be considered to be proper names, ... More

Event (De)composition  

Sherry Yong Chen and E. Matthew Husband

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Mar 2019
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May 2019
Grammatical theories of event structure have broadly proposed that event representations are decomposed and articulated in a variety of different constituents across a sentence. These ... More

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