Continuations and Natural Language

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-01-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Chris Barker is Professor of Linguistics at New York University. He has held positions at a number of universities, including 10 years at University of California, San Diego. His 1991 PhD thesis, 'Possessive Descriptions', was published in 1995 by CSLI, Stanford. He is the co-editor with Pauline Jacobson of Direct Compositionality (OUP 2007), the co-founder of semanticsarchive.net, and co-editor with Chris Kennedy of the series 'Oxford Surveys in Semantics and Pragmatics' and 'Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics'.
Chung-chieh Shan is Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, and was previously Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. He received his PhD in computer science in 2005 from Harvard University and has published articles in Linguistics and Philosophy, Journal of Logic, Language and Information, and Science of Computer Programming.

Table of Contents

Notational conventions
Part I Towers: Scope and evaluation order
1. Scope and towers
2. Binding and crossover
3. From generalized quantifiers to dynamic meaning
4. Multi-level towers: Inverse scope
5. Movement as delayed evaluation: Wh-fronting
6. Reconstruction effects
7. Generalized coordination, Flexible Montague Grammar
8. Order effects in negative polarity licensing
9. Donkey anaphora and donkey crossover
10. Strategies for determiners
11. Other combinatory categorial frameworks
12. Computational connections
Part II Logic, same, and sluicing
13. NLλ
14. Parasitic scope for same
15. Scope versus discontinuity: Anaphora, VPE
16. Sluicing as anaphora to a continuation
17. Formal properties of NLλ
18. Scope needs delimited continuations
Afterword: The logic of evaluation order
Notes on exercises

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