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Descriptions in Context (Hardcover) (Cleo A. Condoravdi)

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First published in 1997, this book focuses on the semantics of definite and indefinite descriptions — taking the presuppositional theory of definiteness and indefiniteness proposed by Heim as a starting point. It seeks to show that there exists a special type of indefinites that have an interpretation commonly associated with definites. It further argues that the felicity conditions associated with indefinite NP’s can vary and develops a more fine-grained theory of novelty within the framework of File Change Semantics. More generally, this work can be seen as providing an empirical argument in favour of a dynamic theory of meaning and against the more traditional truth-conditional theory.

Number of Pages: 215
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Series Title: Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Cleo A. Condoravdi
Language: English
Street Date: October 5, 2016
TCIN: 51638239
UPC: 9781138696990
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-1267

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