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Compositional Semantics: An Introduction to the Syntax/Semantics Interface (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics)

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This book provides an introduction to compositional semantics and to the syntax/semantics interface, combining Direct Compositionality with approaches based on Logical Form. It is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in linguistics, philosophy of language, and other related fields.



Pauline Jacobson is currently Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. She has held visiting appointments at Ohio State University and Harvard University, and has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research is mainly concerned with constructing formal models of the semantics and syntax of natural language – and in particular on the way that the syntax and the semantics interact. Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Journal of Semantics, Natural Language Semantics, and Linguistics and Philosophy, and she is co-editor, with Chris Barker, of Direct Compositionality (OUP 2007).



Foreword: On using this book; PART I Foundational Concepts: Building a Fragment; 1 Introduction; 2 Semantic Foundations; 3 Compositionality, Direct Compositionality, and the Syntax/Semantics Interface; 4 Expanding the Fragment: Syntactic Categories and Semantic Types; 5 Transitive Verbs: Resolving an Apparent Syntax/Semantics Mismatch; 6 Categorial Grammar; 7 The Autonomy of Syntax; 8 Adjectives, Nouns, Determiners, and More; 9 Interlude: The Semantics of Variables, and the Lambda Calculus; Part II: Enriching the Domain; 10 Returning to English: Generalized Quantifiers; 11 Ordinary NPs and Type Lifting; 12 Generalized Conjunction; Part III: Relative Clauses, Scopes, and Binding: Some Theoretical Controversies; 13 Relative Clauses: Sketching Two Accounts; 14 Generalized Quantifiers in Object Position: Two Approaches; 15 The Interpretation of Pronouns: Two Accounts; Appendices to Parts I – III: The Full Fragment; Part IV: Further Topics; 16 Negative Polarity Items, Semantic Strength, and Scalar Implicature Revisited; 17 More Binding Phenomena; 18 Additional Semantic Dimensions: The Semantics of Focus; 19 Intensionality and the Syntax/Semantics Interface; References

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