PB6: Interfaces between Sentence Semantics and Discourse Strategies

According to classical natural language philosophy we can distinguish clearly between literal meaning, as constructed in grammar, and the use of literal meanings in actual communication. But in fact, the borderline between sentence-internal semantics and sentence-external pragmatics is not clear at all. We investigate how word meanings can modify aspects of language use and how pragmatic and semantic properties of language arise from general strategies of communication. Also, we look at the differences between combining words and constituents within a sentence, and combining sentences to texts. 









Funding

Funding period

2008-2013

Coordination

Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka & PD Dr. Uli Sauerland