Breaking Quotations

  • Emar Maier
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4914)


Quotation exhibits characteristics of both use and mention. I argue against the recently popular pragmatic reductions of quotation to mere language use (Recanati 1), and in favor of a truly hybrid account synthesizing and extending Potts (2) and Geurts & Maier (3), using a mention logic and a dynamic semantics with presupposition to establish a context-driven meaning shift. The current paper explores a “quote-breaking” extension to solve the problems posed by non-constituent quotation, and anaphora, ellipsis and quantifier raising across quotation marks.


Syntactic Category Quotation Mark Direct Discourse Scope Reading Reading List 
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  • Emar Maier
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  1. 1.University of Amsterdam 

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