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Inquisitive Semantics

Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen

November 2018

ISBN: 9780198814795

240 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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The book presents a new logical framework to capture the meaning of sentences in conversation. It is based on a richer notion of meaning than traditional approaches, and allows for an integrated treatment of statements and questions. The first part of the book presents the framework in detail, while the second demonstrates its many benefits.

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The book presents a new logical framework to capture the meaning of sentences in conversation. It is based on a richer notion of meaning than traditional approaches, and allows for an integrated treatment of statements and questions. The first part of the book presents the framework in detail, while the second demonstrates its many benefits.

  • This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence
  • Introduces a new formal notion of meaning, suitable for both questions and statements
  • Brings together insights from linguistics, philosophy of language, and philosophical logic
  • Includes detailed comparison with alternative approaches
  • Each chapter ends with exercises suitable for graduate-level course use

About the Author(s)

Ivano Ciardelli, Assistant Professor, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University, Jeroen Groenendijk, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam, and Floris Roelofsen, Associate Professor, Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam

Ivano Ciardelli is Assistant Professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilian University. He conducts research in both logic and natural language semantics. Within logic, his work is devoted to bringing out the importance of questions as tools for inference, and to the mathematical investigation of logic extended with questions. Within linguistics, he works mostly on the semantics of conditionals, questions, connectives, modals, and imperatives. He has published on these topics in various journals, including Synthese, Linguistics and Philosophy, Journal of Philosophical Logic, and Natural Language Semantics.

Jeroen Groenendijk is Emeritus Professor in the Philosophy Department and the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation at the University of Amsterdam. His main research fields are logic and philosophy of language, in particular formal semantics and pragmatics. He focuses primarily on the semantics and pragmatics of questions and answers and dynamic semantics and his work has appeared in journals and edited volumes such as Linguistics and Philosophy, The Handbook of Logic and Language, and The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory, among others.

Floris Roelofsen is Associate Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation at the University of Amsterdam. His main areas of research are formal semantics and pragmatics and the syntax-semantics interface. He has worked on the semantics of questions, modals, quantifiers, disjunction, negation, and anaphora, as well as foundational issues in semantics and pragmatics. His work has been published in journals such as Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, Semantics and Pragmatics, Natural Language Semantics, Journal of Semantics, Linguistic Inquiry, and Journal of Philosophical Logic.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Basic notions
    3: Basic operations on propositions
    4: A first-order inquisitive semantics
    5: Questions
    6: Disjunction, clause typing, and intonation
    7: Conditionals
    8: Propositional attitudes
    9: Comparison to alternative approaches
    10: Conclusion