Reference and Anaphoric Relations

  • Klaus von Heusinger
  • Urs Egli

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 72)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Reference and the Semantics of Anaphora

    1. Klaus Von Heusinger, Urs Egli
      Pages 1-13
  3. Historical Aspects of Anaphoric Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Urs Egli
      Pages 17-29
    3. Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof
      Pages 47-76
  4. Quantification and Scope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Donka Farkas
      Pages 79-108
    3. Henriëtte De Swart
      Pages 109-132
    4. Elena Paducheva
      Pages 133-146
    5. Stephen Neale
      Pages 147-153
  5. Anaphoric Reference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Robert van Rooy
      Pages 157-181
    3. Hartley Slater
      Pages 183-190
  6. Choice Functions and the Semantics of Indefinites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Arnim von Stechow
      Pages 193-228
    3. Yoad Winter
      Pages 229-245
    4. Klaus von Heusinger
      Pages 247-265
  7. Representation and Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Jaroslav Peregrin
      Pages 269-286
    3. Paul Dekker
      Pages 287-310
    4. Reinhard Muskens
      Pages 311-338
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 339-351

About this book


This book is a collection of original research articles on the representation and in­ terpretation of indefinite and definite noun phrases, anaphoric pronouns, and closely related issues such as reference, scope and quantifier movement. A variety of frame­ works for the formal analysis of discourse semantics are represented, including dis­ course representation theory, file change semantics, dynamic Logic, E-type theories, and choice function approaches, which was one of the main issues the Konstanz project were concerned with. All of these frameworks are couched in the tradition of Montague Grammar, even though they extend the classical formalism in different directions. The developments emerged from the modern discussion of problems for the representation of cross-sentential anaphoric relations involving pronouns, and the interpretation of definite and indefinite noun phrases. After a decade of controversy, these approaches are merging together, enriching each other's formal mechanisms rather than expressing opposition. Thus, the articles in this volume concentrate on fundamental semantic questions, and also extend the current formalisms in order to capture more data. The roots of this book lie in the workshop "Reference and Anaphoric Relations", which was held at the University of Konstanz in June 1996. Five main issues were discussed: (i) the Stoic and scholastic treatment of reference and anaphora; (ii) quan­ tification and scope, (iii) anaphoric reference; (iv) the representation of indefinite NPs with choice functions; and (v) the relation between linguistic expressions, their rep­ resentations and their meanings.


discourse grammar language linguistics natural language philosophy philosophy of language semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus von Heusinger
    • 1
  • Urs Egli
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachgruppe SprachwissenschaftUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0291-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3947-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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