Formal Approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics

Japanese and Beyond

  • Eric McCready
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
  • Kei Yoshimoto

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Eric McCready, Katsuhiko Yabushita, Kei Yoshimoto
    Pages 1-7
  3. Nicholas Asher
    Pages 9-30
  4. Daisuke Bekki, Moe Masuko
    Pages 31-64
  5. Oleg Kiselyov, Chung-chieh Shan
    Pages 105-134
  6. Eric McCready
    Pages 155-180
  7. Rick Nouwen
    Pages 205-222
  8. Robert van Rooij, Katrin Schulz
    Pages 273-293
  9. Katsuhiko Yabushita
    Pages 325-341
  10. Kei Yoshimoto, Masahiro Kobayashi
    Pages 343-374

About this book


This volume presents an exploration of a wide variety of new formal methods from computer science, biology and economics that have been applied to problems in semantics and pragmatics in recent years. Many of the contributions included focus on data from East Asian languages, particularly Japanese and Korean. The collection reflects on a range of new empirical issues that have arisen, including issues related to preference, evidentiality, and attention. Separated into several sections, the book presents discussions on: information structure, speech acts and decisions, philosophical themes in semantics, and new formal approaches to semantic and pragmatic theory. Its overarching theme is the relation between different kinds of content, from a variety of perspectives. The discussions presented are both theoretically innovative and empirically motivated.


Cross-linguistic approaches Floating quantifiers in Japanese Information packaging in Japanese Japanese reported speech Japaness discourse particle yo in declaratives Lambda-calculi for formal pragmatics Linguistic monads Meta-Lambda-Calculus Philosophical themes in semantics Projectionof appositives Speech acts and decisions Workings of natural language

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric McCready
    • 1
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
    • 2
  • Kei Yoshimoto
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of EnglishAoyama Gakuin UniversityShibuya-kuJapan
  2. 2.Dept. of EnglishNaruto University of EducationNarutoJapan
  3. 3.Center for the Advancement of H. Edu.Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8812-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8813-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-034X
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