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Fox, Daniel, 24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 09 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Fall 2006

An example of an implicature found in a letter of recommendation.

An example of an implicature. One explanation for the blocking of the inference of Addressee(2) is there is a known convention for letter writing: Write only good things. Learn more about implicatures in Lectures 1-8 in lecture notes. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW, Prof. Fox, and Prof. Menendez-Benito.) 

Course Description

The course introduces formal theories of context-dependency, presupposition, implicature, context-change, focus and topic. Special emphasis is on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics. It also covers applications to the analysis of quantification, definiteness, presupposition projection, conditionals and modality, anaphora, questions and answers.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Daniel Fox and Paula Menéndez-Benito, course materials for 24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

Syllabus

Overview

This course is the third and final part of our graduate introduction to semantics. The other two classes are 24.970 Introduction to Semantics and 24.973 Advanced Semantics. The semester will be divided into four somewhat independent units, devoted to conversational implicatures (mainly scalar implicatures), questions and exhaustivity, presupposition, and indexicality (probably in this order). In each unit, we will introduce basic concepts and technical tools and then devote some time to recent work which illustrates their application.

Prerequisites

24.970 and 24.973 or approximately equivalent background. We will presuppose technical material more or less on the level of Heim and Kratzer (1998), reference below, as well as familiarity with possible world semantics of modal and attitude constructions. Consult with us if you have not taken 24.970 and 24.973.

 Heim, Irene and Angelika Kratzer. Semantics in Generative Grammar . Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Limited, 1998. ISBN: 9780631197133.

Requirements

There will be several reading assignments throughout the semester, some exercises, and a squib at the end of the semester. In the unmarked case, the squib consists of critical discussion of an article (or a group of related articles) which is relevant to the topics covered in this class. It should contain a clear and self-contained presentation of the main claims and arguments in the article, explain why and how they bear on issues discussed in class, and point out problems, possible amendments, or further extensions and applications. A short squib proposal is due on November 16th, and the squib itself on the last class (December 12th, or just a few days later, to be announced).

Readings

Only a few papers will be required reading for the whole class. This will leave you plenty of time to browse through related literature and find things to write your squib about, and you should begin with that immediately. Enrolled students are strongly encouraged to make appointments with us to talk about their thoughts throughout the semester (not just when squibs are due).

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Daniel Fox and Paula Menéndez-Benito, course materials for 24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

Calendar


SES # TOPICS
Implicatures
1-2 What is pragmatics?
3-4 Embedded implicatures
5 More on implicatures
6 Implicatures and contradictions
7 Back to disjunction
8 Implicatures and common knowledge
Questions and exhaustivity
9 Questions and pragmatics
10 More on questions and exhaustivity
11 Gajewski on demand
12 Too many alternatives: Density, symmetry, and other predicaments
13 Kratzer on "exclusive questions" part 1
14 Kratzer part 2
Presupposition
15 Notes on presupposition
16 Presupposition (cont.)
17 Schlenker
18 Florian Schwarz: "Processing presupposed content" and beyond
19 Proviso problem



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