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Formal Approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics

Japanese and Beyond

  • Elin McCready
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
  • Kei Yoshimoto
  • Includes a variety of papers by leading researchers working at the cutting edge of formal semantics and pragmatics

  • Contains both foundational and empirical work, all from scholars well-informed both about formal and philosophical work and natural language

  • Will be useful for researchers working on a wide range of problems in formal semantics and pragmatics and at their interface


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 95)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Elin McCready, Katsuhiko Yabushita, Kei Yoshimoto
    Pages 1-7
  3. Nicholas Asher
    Pages 9-30
  4. Daisuke Bekki, Moe Masuko
    Pages 31-64
  5. Oleg Kiselyov, Chung-chieh Shan
    Pages 105-134
  6. Elin McCready
    Pages 155-180
  7. Rick Nouwen
    Pages 205-222
  8. Robert van Rooij, Katrin Schulz
    Pages 273-293
  9. Katsuhiko Yabushita
    Pages 325-341
  10. Kei Yoshimoto, Masahiro Kobayashi
    Pages 343-374
  11. Elin McCready, Katsuhiko Yabushita, Kei Yoshimoto
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


This volume presents an exploration of a wide variety of new formal methods from computer science, biology and economics that have been applied to problems in semantics and pragmatics in recent years. Many of the contributions included focus on data from East Asian languages, particularly Japanese and Korean. The collection reflects on a range of new empirical issues that have arisen, including issues related to preference, evidentiality, and attention. Separated into several sections, the book presents discussions on: information structure, speech acts and decisions, philosophical themes in semantics, and new formal approaches to semantic and pragmatic theory. Its overarching theme is the relation between different kinds of content, from a variety of perspectives. The discussions presented are both theoretically innovative and empirically motivated.


Cross-linguistic approaches Floating quantifiers in Japanese Information packaging in Japanese Japanese reported speech Japaness discourse particle yo in declaratives Lambda-calculi for formal pragmatics Linguistic monads Meta-Lambda-Calculus Philosophical themes in semantics Projectionof appositives Speech acts and decisions Workings of natural language

Editors and affiliations

  • Elin McCready
    • 1
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
    • 2
  • Kei Yoshimoto
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EnglishAoyama Gakuin UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of EnglishNaruto University of EducationNarutoJapan
  3. 3.Center for the Advancement of Higher EducationTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Formal Approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Book Subtitle Japanese and Beyond
  • Editors Elin McCready
    Katsuhiko Yabushita
    Kei Yoshimoto
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Linguist., Phil.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-8812-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0334-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-8813-7
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-034X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 374
  • Number of Illustrations 104 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
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