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Contrastiveness in Information Structure, Alternatives and Scalar Implicatures

  • Chungmin Lee
  • Ferenc Kiefer
  • Manfred Krifka


  • Provides insights on the interplay between semantics and pragmatics

  • Cross-linguistic and multi-paradigm approach coupled with rich data

  • Novel, state-of-the-art views on central topics in linguistic research


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

  4. Quantificational Expressions

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

  • Book Title Contrastiveness in Information Structure, Alternatives and Scalar Implicatures
  • Editors Chungmin Lee
    Ferenc Kiefer
    Manfred Krifka
  • Series Title Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Natural Language
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-10105-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79168-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-10106-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-4670
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0358
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 415
  • Number of Illustrations 45 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
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