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The Time Window of Language : The Interaction between Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Knowledge in the Temporal Interpretation of German and English Texts - Martin Trautwein

The Time Window of Language

The Interaction between Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Knowledge in the Temporal Interpretation of German and English Texts

Hardcover Published: 16th November 2005
ISBN: 9783110182132
Number Of Pages: 407
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Human languages are economical systems of knowledge, which usually contribute to the formation and interpretation of utterances only what cannot be supplied by other conceptual systems. Language, Context and Cognition explores conceptual underspecification and context-dependence in grammar and text-production as essential properties of natural languages. This requires close cooperation of linguistics with cognitive science, logic andpragmatics.

"[...] eine Studie auf hohem theoretischem Niveau [...]."Michael Schreiber in: Germanistik 3-4/2007

Temporality in language : from lexical meaning to text interpretation
The association and dissociation of semantic meaning and (con)textual interpretationp. 1
The ambiguity of temporal information in textsp. 6
Time and temporal structure : a conceptual analysis
The origins of temporal structurep. 19
Temporal interpretation in interval semanticsp. 30
Objections to interval-based theoriesp. 34
Establishing timesp. 63
Summary and conclusions : establishing features, temporal relations, and temporal sequencingp. 94
A methodological framework combining formal semantics and formal knowledge representation
Introductionp. 97
Two-level semanticsp. 99
Knowledge representation and natural language semanticsp. 101
The five-level approach : a unified framework for the representation of linguistic and non-linguistic knowledgep. 104
Externalism - internalism, pragmatism - realism : some remarks on the role of ontologyp. 109
Ontological and epistemological conditions on temporal reference
Epistemological presumptionsp. 115
A formal ontology of time and temporal structurep. 123
Ontological and epistemological extensionsp. 134
Partial temporal relations : reasoning with partial structuresp. 149
Conclusionsp. 160
Information about establishing times in grammar : a fragment of German verbal semanticsp. 161
Establishing features in grammar : formal prerequisitesp. 163
Aspectual composition (I) : direct predicate modifications ('attributive strategy')p. 172
Aspectual composition (II) : multiple layers of eventive predications ('predicative strategy')p. 185
Domains of aspectual compositionp. 201
Preliminary conclusionsp. 263
Tense, discourse structure, and the sequencing of eventives
A dynamic interpretation of tensep. 265
A dynamic-semantic account of the German tense systemp. 270
Further anaphoric temporal expressions : adverbs and conjunctionsp. 293
Discourse relations, the parameter S, and the reconstruction of temporal sequencesp. 296
A sample textp. 300
Step-by-step composition of the Bauerlein textp. 315
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ISBN: 9783110182132
ISBN-10: 3110182130
Series: Language, Context and Cognition
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 407
Published: 16th November 2005
Publisher: De Gruyter
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.76