By Chris Barker, Chung-chieh Shan
This ebook takes suggestions built through researchers in theoretical laptop technology and adapts and applies them to the learn of ordinary language that means. Summarizing greater than a decade of study, Chris Barker and Chung-chieh Shan recommend the Continuation speculation: that the which means of a ordinary language expression can rely on its personal continuation. partially I, the authors boost a continuation-based concept of scope and quantificational binding and supply an evidence for order sensitivity in scope-related phenomena reminiscent of scope ambiguity, crossover, superiority, reconstruction, unfavorable polarity licensing, dynamic anaphora, and donkey anaphora. half II outlines an cutting edge substructural common sense for reasoning approximately continuations and proposes an research of the compositional semantics of adjectives comparable to 'same' by way of parasitic and recursive scope. It additionally exhibits that definite instances of ellipsis could be handled as anaphora to a continuation, resulting in a brand new reason behind a subtype of sluicing referred to as sprouting.
The booklet makes an important contribution to paintings on scope, reference, quantification, and different important facets of semantics and may entice semanticists in linguistics and philosophy at graduate point and above.