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Exhaustive Interpretation of Complex Sentences

Robert van Rooij, Katrin Schulz
2004 Journal of Logic, Language and Information  
In terms of Groenendijk and Stokhof's (1984) formalization of exhaustive interpretation, many conversational implicatures can be accounted for. In this paper we justify and generalize this approach.  ...  The approach of Groenendijk and Stokhof (1984) is generalized such that it can also account for implicatures that are triggered in subclauses not entailed by the whole complex sentence.  ...  We thank Johan van Benthem, Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, Ede Zimmermann, and two anonymous referees for their comments on our work on exhaustive interpretation over the last few years.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10849-004-2118-6 fatcat:54kxuc3smbaxfdrku4rramosbu

Desiderative Construction in Japanese Revisited

Matazo Izutani
2003 Journal of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Tokyo Medical and Dental University  
Replacement of o by ga called ga-o conversion is possible in this construction. However, there are some cases where the ga-o conversion results in unacceptability.  ...  Exhaustive listing Let us now turn to the notion of 'listing'. 2 An element in focus position seems to have the 'exhaustive listing' interpretation of "only E, but not others".  ...  Unlike the particle ga, o is not related to notions such as exhaustive listing and focus, and the object NPs marked by it are not interpreted to be foci in the sentence.  ... 
doi:10.11480/kyoyobukiyo.33.0_19 fatcat:7dztl3jk4vgg7dkn3cfk76amky

Hungarian focus is not exhausted

Edgar Onea, David Beaver
2015 Semantics and Linguistic Theory  
to be interpreted exhaustively.  ...  be an exhaustive interpretation predicted for (10b)) while in the other case sok were interpreted as contrasting with kevés or something else (which would be the non-exhaustive interpretation predicted  ... 
doi:10.3765/salt.v0i0.2524 fatcat:ivuudvxqtfg2dnicnotif7v33q

Hungarian focus is not exhausted

Edgar Onea, David Beaver
2009 Semantics and Linguistic Theory  
to be interpreted exhaustively.  ...  be an exhaustive interpretation predicted for (10b)) while in the other case sok were interpreted as contrasting with kevés or something else (which would be the non-exhaustive interpretation predicted  ... 
doi:10.3765/salt.v19i0.2524 fatcat:kfsx2m3p7jgjpoxieusxrewo3i

Against a unified treatment of obligatory presupposition trigger effects

Athulya Aravind, Martin Hackl
2017 Semantics and Linguistic Theory  
General considerations about how the discourse unfolds, in conjunction with a principle that sentences are interpreted exhaustively by default, make it so that two sentences in such sequences are mutually  ...  inconsistent in the absence of the additive.  ...  After all, a non-exhaustive interpretation of the first sentence is consistent with Dana's food being hot, which could then license accommodation of a parallel antecedent for the second sentence.  ... 
doi:10.3765/salt.v27i0.4141 fatcat:oglq67sh55ebvnfhtj2tahtev4

Linguistic exhaustivity inference is context dependent

Tamás Káldi, Anna Babarczy
2018 Acta Linguistica Academica  
For comparison, lexically marked focus (only-f) sentences were also included. The test sentences were presented following two types of linguistic context: restrictive or non-restrictive.  ...  It was hypothesized that if preVf exhaustivity is purely structurally encoded, gaze will converge on the exhaustive target image at a similar rate in the two contexts, just as it does in the case of only-f  ...  In this respect the exhaustive interpretation of preVf is an upper-bounded interpretation.  ... 
doi:10.1556/2062.2018.65.4.2 fatcat:pg64o7fzx5gazhzghm6xzkcpg4

The expression of exhaustivity and scalarity in Burmese

Keely New, Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine
2018 Semantics and Linguistic Theory  
When hma takes wide scope, it leads to an exhaustive, cleft interpretation which is not scale-sensitive.  ...  We also discuss the semantics of the sentence-final mood marker dar, which we propose is a marker of propositional clefts (Sheil 2016), and its apparent role in the determination of the scope of hma.  ...  In section 2 above, we showed that the scalar and exhaustive interpretations of hma in the presence of local negation correlate with the presence or absence of the sentence-final dar mood marker, respectively  ... 
doi:10.3765/salt.v28i0.4442 fatcat:gw3fljtgxfg7jhkvnu3oujglhq

Conversational Implicatures and Communication Theory [chapter]

Robert van Rooy
2003 Text, Speech and Language Technology  
Although it can be argued that for the biconditional interpretation this -somewhat ad hoc -solution solves the second problem, Gazdar (1979) argued that the constraints doesn't solve the third one.  ...  To formulate both, I will make use of Shannon's (1948) mathematical theory of communication. * This paper reports about work in progress on the use of general theories of action for the semantic/pragmatic  ...  that many so-called 'quantity' implicatures triggered by sentences can be accounted for by assuming that these sentences should be interpreted as exhaustive answers to questions.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-94-010-0019-2_13 fatcat:lhb72b37izcdpflmuk5edibr7y

Identifying inferences in focus [chapter]

Dan Wedgwood
2007 Linguistics Today  
Typically, this is analysed as the use of an abstract syntactic projection whose semantic effect is to introduce an 'exhaustivity' or 'identificational focus' operator.  ...  This paper investigates the relationship between inferential pragmatics and the grammar, as manifested in the structure and interpretation of the Hungarian 'focus position' construction.  ...  the information-structural interpretations of different sentences.  ... 
doi:10.1075/la.100.13wed fatcat:p4k7swndofgvfn7c2w2odpvcpa

The acquisition of asserted, presupposed, and pragmatically implied exhaustivity in Hungarian

Lilla Pintér
2018 Acta Linguistica Academica  
The paper reports on three experiments in which the exhaustive interpretation of sentences containing the focus particle csak 'only', structural focus constructions, and sentences with neutral intonation  ...  of their exhaustive meaning component.  ...  This research was supported by Grant 108951 of OTKA, the Hungarian National Scientific Research Foundation. Acta Linguistica Academica 65, 2018  ... 
doi:10.1556/2062.2018.65.2-3.5 fatcat:lqazcasup5abfp7rm7tbwrliyu

Page 516 of Psychological Abstracts Vol. 61, Issue 3 [page]

1979 Psychological Abstracts  
Results are interpreted in terms of cognitive processes during sentence production. (26 ref) —English abstract. 5286. Marslen-Wilson, William D. & Welsh, Alan.  ...  (U Giessen, West Germa- ny) [Word association and the syntactic complexity of sentences.] (Germ) Archiv fiir Psychologie, 1977, Vol 129(4), 319-338.  ... 

Topic, Focus, and Exhaustive Interpretation [chapter]

Robert van Rooij, Katrin Schulz
2017 Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory  
In this paper we propose that a sentence like 'John T ate broccoli F ' should pragmatically be interpreted as follows: (a) Focus should be interpreted exhaustively; John ate only broccoli; (b) Topic must  ...  be interpreted exhaustively: Only John ate (only) broccoli; and (c) The speaker takes it to be possible (or even knows, if he is competent) that at least one alternative of the form 'x ate y' not entailed  ...  In section 3, I will defend claim (a), despite the existence of sentences like '[Some boys] T ate [broccoli] F ', by making use of dynamic exhaustivity: exhaustive interpretation is sensitive to the denotation  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-10106-4_4 fatcat:qqpwckdjz5hlncglgrryco7ibm

The two meanings of a homophone

Benny Shanon
1974 Perception & Psychophysics  
bes following sentences containing homophones were either Ir~elevant wI.th respect to both interpretations of the homophone or irrelevant with respect to the present interpretation of the homophone but  ...  No effect was found due to a variation in the delay between the presentation of the sentence and the presentation of the probe.  ...  Fodor, Bever, and Garrett (1968) have interpreted in a similar way the relative complexity of verbs having several underlying structures.  ... 
doi:10.3758/bf03198589 fatcat:ua2nhcylkfa67nyqwsxgwg2tje

Between syntax and discourse

Oksana Laleko, Maria Polinsky
2016 Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism  
Instead, a more nuanced account is developed, based on the recognition of different types of topic (anaphoric, generic, and contrastive) and subject (descriptive and exhaustive).  ...  for its interpretation in context.  ...  with an exhaustive interpretation, for example the choice under 'only' or 'even', as in (10) ; cf.  ... 
doi:10.1075/lab.14018.lal fatcat:ntypmzwon5hlzkfoxbf53vl4wa

Daniel Wedgwood: Shifting the focus: From static structures to the dynamics of interpretation

Mátyás Gerőcs
2012 Acta Linguistica Hungarica  
Wedgwood: Shifting the focus: From static structures to the dynamics of interpretation. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005. pp 311.  ...  part of competence in a broader sense.  ...  processes which play a role in the interpretation of focus.  ... 
doi:10.1556/aling.59.2012.4.5 fatcat:oxtcxo6qivbrlhgcbry3w4refi
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