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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 very economical systems of knowledge, which usually contribute to the formation and interpretation of an utterance only what cannot be supplied by other conceptual systems. Thus, conceptual underspecification and context-dependence are essential properties, which vary from one particular language to the next in dependence on the structural make-up a given language belongs to.
The book series Language, Context and Cognition explores the essential properties of natural languages in focusing on their lexical entries, on the interaction of their grammatical subsystems as well as on the text production methods, from both synchronic and diachronic viewpoints.
Research on the conceptual underspecification of language requires close cooperation of linguists with researchers in cognitive and neuroscience, with phoneticians, logicians and with the experts of pragmatic and experimental disciplines, but it also needs interdisciplinary cooperation with experts of non-linguistic conceptual systems.

Editorial board

Dr. habil. Kai Alter (Newcastle University und Oxford University),
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Demske (Universitat Potsdam),
Prof. Dr. Ljudmila Geist (Universitat Stuttgart),
Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Luhr (Humboldt Universitat Berlin),
Prof. Dr. Thomas Pechmann (Universitat Leipzig),
Prof. Dr. Richard Wiese (Universitat Marburg)

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"[...] 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: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 407
Published: 16th November 2005
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.49  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.76