Presupposition and the Delimitation of Semantics by Ruth M. KempsonPresupposition and the Delimitation of Semantics by Ruth M. Kempson

Presupposition and the Delimitation of Semantics

byRuth M. Kempson

Paperback | July 25, 1975

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In this book, first published in 1975, Dr Kempson argues that previous work on presupposition - whether in philosophy or linguistics - has been mistakenly based on a conflation of two different disciplines: semantics, the study of the meanings assigned to the formal system which constitutes a language, and pragmatics, the study of the use of that system in communication. The first part of the book deals generally with the nature of semantics in linguistic theory and its formal representation within a transformational grammar; Dr Kempson argues against incorporating the relation of presupposition within such a grammar. The second part provides a pragmatic account of the foundations of a theory of communication and its detailed application to the problems raised by presupposition. The book is intended for those studying both philosophy and linguistics and also for those sociolinguists and psychologists with a more general interest in the theory of communication.
Title:Presupposition and the Delimitation of SemanticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:July 25, 1975Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521099382

ISBN - 13:9780521099387

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: the linguistic framework; 2. The basis of semantics: a definition of meaning; 3. Presupposition: two definitions; 4. Presupposition: its use by linguists; 5. The problem of reference and the semantic interpretation of noun phrases; 6 The formalisation of the solution; 7. Towards a pragmatic theory; 8. The application of Grice's theory; 9. Pragmatics and the competence-performance distinction; Bibliography; Index.