Continuations and Natural Language by Chris BarkerContinuations and Natural Language by Chris Barker

Continuations and Natural Language

byChris Barker, Chung-chieh Shan

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This book takes concepts developed by researchers in theoretical computer science and adapts and applies them to the study of natural language meaning. Summarizing more than a decade of research, Chris Barker and Chung-chieh Shan put forward the Continuation Hypothesis: that the meaning of anatural language expression can depend on its own continuation. In Part I, the authors develop a continuation-based theory of scope and quantificational binding and provide an explanation for order sensitivity in scope-related phenomena such as scope ambiguity, crossover, superiority,reconstruction, negative polarity licensing, dynamic anaphora, and donkey anaphora. Part II outlines an innovative substructural logic for reasoning about continuations and proposes an analysis of the compositional semantics of adjectives such as 'same' in terms of parasitic and recursive scope. Italso shows that certain cases of ellipsis should be treated as anaphora to a continuation, leading to a new explanation for a subtype of sluicing known as sprouting.The book makes a significant contribution to work on scope, reference, quantification, and other central aspects of semantics and will appeal to semanticists in linguistics and philosophy at graduate level and above.

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Chris Barker is Professor of Linguistics at New York University. He has held positions at a number of universities, including 10 years at University of California, San Diego. His 1991 PhD thesis, "Possessive Descriptions", was published in 1995 by CSLI, Stanford. He is the co-editor with Pauline Jacobson of Direct Compositionality (OUP...
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Title:Continuations and Natural LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:December 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNotational conventionsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I Towers: Scope and evaluation order1. Scope and towers2. Binding and crossover3. From generalized quantifiers to dynamic meaning4. Multi-level towers: Inverse scope5. Movement as delayed evaluation: Wh-fronting6. Reconstruction effects7. Generalized coordination, Flexible Montague Grammar8. Order effects in negative polarity licensing9. Donkey anaphora and donkey crossover10. Strategies for determiners11. Other combinatory categorial frameworks12. Computational connectionsPart II Logic, same, and sluicing13. NLUBandlambda;/SUB14. Parasitic scope for same15. Scope versus discontinuity: Anaphora, VPE16. Sluicing as anaphora to a continuation17. Formal properties of NLUBandlambda;/SUB18. Scope needs delimited continuationsAfterword: The logic of evaluation orderNotes on exercisesReferencesIndex