Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Different Kinds of Specificity Across Languages

Editors: Ebert, Cornelia, Hinterwimmer, Stefan (Eds.)

  • Brings together empirical and theoretical research on specificity
  • Presents for the first time an overview over the specificity markers found in natural languages
  • Shows that specific indefinites are no homogeneous class, but one that comprises various sub-kinds
  • Deepens our understanding of specificity by concentrating on the similarities and differences among specificity markers in different languages
  • Enhances our understanding of the connection between specificity and topicality
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This anthology of papers analyzes a range of specificity markers found in natural languages. It reflects the fact that despite intensive research into these markers, the vast differences between the markers across languages and even within single languages have been less acknowledged. Commonly regarded specific indefinites are by no means a homogenous class, and so this volume fills a gap in our understanding of the semantics and pragmatics of indefinites.

 

The papers explore differences and similarities among these specificity markers, concentrating on the following issues: whether specificity is a purely semantic or also a pragmatic notion; whether the contribution of specificity markers is located on the level of the at-issue content; whether some kind of speaker-listener asymmetry concerning the identification of the referent is involved; and the behavioral scope of these indefinites in the context of other quantifiers, negation, attitude verbs, and intensional/modal operators.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ebert, Cornelia (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Specificity Markers and Nominal Exclamatives in French

    Martin, Fabienne

    Pages 11-30

  • The Interpretation of the German Specificity Markers Bestimmt and Gewiss

    Ebert, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 31-74

  • Pragmatic Variation Among Specificity Markers

    Ionin, Tania

    Pages 75-103

  • Certain Presuppositions and Some Intermediate Readings, and Vice Versa

    Yanovich, Igor

    Pages 105-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Different Kinds of Specificity Across Languages
Editors
  • Cornelia Ebert
  • Stefan Hinterwimmer
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
92
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5310-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5310-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5309-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8141-1
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 208
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