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Title: Review of K. Jaszczolt (2005) Default Semantics: Foundations of a compositional theory of acts of communication
Paper URL: http://www.sil.org:8090/silebr/2010/silebr2010-015
Author: Steve Nicolle
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Institution: Canada Institute of Linguistics
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Abstract: As a theory, Default Semantics has a lot to commend it. The principle of treating all sources of information as being potentially equal, and locating meaning in acts of communication rather than in any abstract construct certainly simplify a number of issues that have dogged semantic and pragmatic theories for many years. So long as it is born in mind that Default Semantics is dealing with a ‘model hearer’ this simplification should useful rather than counterproductive. Also the use of an extended formalism of Discourse Representation Theory has the potential to clarify the presentation of specific problems. Since the publication of this book, Jaszczolt has continued to develop Default Semantics, and it will be interesting to see how many other practitioners of semantics and pragmatics adopt her approach.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: SIL Electronic Book Reviews
URL: http://www.sil.org:8090/silebr/2010/silebr2010-015


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