Reference to Abstract Objects in Discourse

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Springer Science & Business Media, 6 груд. 2012 р. - 455 стор.
Reference to Abstract Objects in Discourse presents a novel framework and analysis of the ways we refer to abstract objects in natural language discourse. The book begins with a typology of abstract objects and related entities like eventualities. After an introduction to `bottom up, compositional' discourse representation theory (DRT) and to previous work on abstract objects in DRT (notably work on the semantics of the attitudes), the book turns to a semantic analysis of eventuality and abstract object denoting nominals in English. The book then substantially revises and extends the dynamic semantic framework of DRT to develop an analysis of anaphoric reference to abstract objects and eventualities that exploits discourse structure and the discourse relations that obtain between elements of the structure. A dynamic, semantically based theory of discourse structure (SDRT) is proposed, along with many illustrative examples. Two further chapters then provide the analysis of anaphoric reference to propositions VP ellipsis. The abstract entity anaphoric antecedents are elements of the discourse structures that SDRT develops. The final chapter discusses some logical and philosophical difficulties for a semantic analysis of reference to abstract objects.
For semanticists, philosophers of language, computer scientists interested in natural language applications and discourse, philosophical logicians, graduate students in linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

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A TOUR
15
States and Other Sorts of Eventualities
23
Quantification Abstract Object Anaphora and the Typology
32
Principles of Summation and Structured Domains for Abstract Entities
40
Provisional Conclusions
57
A CRASH COURSE IN
63
Formalization of DRS Construction and DRS Interpretation
95
ATTITUDES AND ATTITUDE DESCRIPTIONS
111
Proposition Anaphora
241
VP Ellipsis in DR Theory
251
The Problem of Discourse Structure and Anaphora
258
Principles of Discourse Segmentation and SDRS Constituent
269
Revision of Constituents after Updating
284
Taking Stock
297
APPLYING THE THEORY OF DISCOURSE STRUCTURE
312
Some Examples of Proposition Anaphora
318

Interpreting Attitude Ascriptions
118
15
121
Attitudes Propositions and Representations
128
Conclusions
135
Syntactic and Semantic Assumptions and Basic Principles
141
Derived Nominals
149
18
155
Ofing Gerund Phrases and Bare Nominals
163
23
164
32
171
Infinitivals and Projective Propositions
180
41
182
PROBLEMS FOR THE SEMANTICS OF NOMINALS
190
Naked Infinitives
204
The Problem of Event Negation Solved
214
Lessons
221
Event Anaphora
232
Availability Anaphora and Constituent Revision
321
Discourse Subordination
339
Event and Plural Anaphora Revisited
345
Conclusions About Abstract Anaphora
351
Examples of Overt Concept Anaphora
357
Sloppy Identity
370
Concluding Thoughts on Abstract Entity Anaphora
381
MODEL THEORY FOR ABSTRACTENTITIES
387
Problems of SelfReference
395
Two Arguments for a Representational Theory of Abstract Entities
407
Metaphysical Representationalism and Metaphysical Reduction
413
Technical Appendix
419
CONCLUSION
434
INDEX
451
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