Contrastiveness in Information Structure, Alternatives and Scalar Implicatures

  • Chungmin Lee
  • Ferenc Kiefer
  • Manfred Krifka

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 91)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Information Structure and Contrastiveness

  3. Polarity, Alternatives, Exhaustivity and Implicatures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Angelika Kratzer, Junko Shimoyama
      Pages 123-143
    3. Jinyoung Choi
      Pages 145-173
    4. Yoonhee Choi, Chungmin Lee
      Pages 175-201
  4. Quantificational Expressions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Laurence R. Horn
      Pages 283-304
    3. Leah R. Paltiel-Gedalyovich, Jeannette Schaeffer
      Pages 339-355
  5. Questions and Speech Acts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357

About this book


A group of authors containing both leading authorities and young researchers addresses a number of issues of contrastiveness, polarity items and exhaustivity, quantificational expressions and the implicatures they generate, and the interaction between semantic operators and speech acts. The 19 contributions provide insights on the interplay between semantics and pragmatics. The volume’s reach is cross-linguistic and takes an unorthodox multi-paradigm approach. Languages studied range from European languages including Hungarian and Russian to East Asian languages such as Japanese and Korean, with rich data on focus and discourse particles. This volume contributes to a major area of research in linguistics of the last decade, and provides novel, state-of-the-art views on some of the central topics in linguistic research, and will appeal to an audience of graduate and advanced undergraduate researchers in linguistics, philosophy of language and computational linguistics.


Contrastive topic and focus Disjunction and implicatures Indeterminate pronouns Interpretations of numerals and structured cont... Negated polarity questions Positive polarity items PPIs Scalar adverbs Scalar implicatures with alternative semantics Semantics and the pragmatics of contracstive topics Syntax-phonology interface

Editors and affiliations

  • Chungmin Lee
    • 1
  • Ferenc Kiefer
    • 2
  • Manfred Krifka
    • 3
  1. 1.Seoul National UniversityGwanak-gu, SeoulKorea (Republic of)
  2. 2.Research Institute for LinguisticsHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of General LinguisticsHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-10105-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-10106-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0358
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