IDis - Implicatures and Discourse Structure

One characteristic of human communication is the ability to express more than is literally said. Explaining such “unspoken” information is a central concern of pragmatics.

The project is located at the intersection of two explanatory approaches: the theory of rhetorical relations, which takes the macro structure of discourse into account deducing the additional information from the nature of the link between discourse segments, and the theory of conversational implicatures which is focussed on the individual speech act and  conversational maxims. The goal of the project is to merge these approaches, and to develop a formal theory for the interaction between rhetorical structure and conversational implicatures.

Game theoretic pragmatics have successfully provided formally precise explanations of relevance implicatures. Therefore, we plan to develop a question-based theory of discourse structure that will be enriched by game theoretic methods to a holistic discourse interpretation theory, which can represent semantic, rhetorical and conversationally implicated content.

Project description (German)

Publications

  • Benz, Anton & Fabienne Salfner. 2013. Discourse Structuring Questions and Scalar Implicatures . In Guram Bezhanishvili, Sebastian Löbner, Vincenzo Marra & Frank Richter (eds.), Logic, Language, and Computation. 9th international Tbilisi Symposium on Logic, Language, and Computation, TbiLLC 2011, LNCS 7758, 35-50. Berlin: Springer.
  • Benz, Anton & Fabienne Salfner. 2011. Discourse relations and relevance implicatures: a case study. In Nick Bezhanishvili, Sebastian Löbner, Kerstin Schwabe & Luca Spada (eds.), Logic, Language, and Computation. 8th International Tbilisi Symposium on Logic, Language, and Computation, TbiLLC 2009, Bakuriani, Georgia, September 2009, Revised Selected Papers (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 6618), 182-196. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Benz, Anton, Katja Jasinskaja & Fabienne Salfner. 2013. Implicature and Discourse Structure (Lingua 132). .
  • Benz, Anton, Katja Jasinskaja & Fabienne Salfner. 2013. Implicature and Discourse Structure: An Introduction. Lingua 132. 1-12.
  • Benz, Anton, Katja Jasinskaja & Uli Sauerland. 2012. Special issue: Theoretical Pragmatics (International Review of Pragmatics 4(2)). Leiden: Brill.
  • Benz, Anton, Katja Jasinskaja & Uli Sauerland. 2012. Theoretical Pragmatics: An Introduction. International Review of Pragmatics 4(2). 133-152.
  • Benz,Anton & Katja Jasinskaja & Fabienne Salfner. 2013. Implicature and Discourse Structure (Lingua 132). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Benz,Anton & Katja Jasinskaja & Fabienne Salfner. 2013. Implicature and Discourse structure: An Introduction. In Anton Benz, Katja Jasinskaja & Fabienne Salfner (eds.), Lingua 132, 1-12.
  • Jasinskaja, Katja. 2013. Corrective Elaboration. Lingua 132. 51-66.
  • Jasinskaja, Katja. 2012. Correction by adversative and additive markers. In Henk Zeevat, Catherine Fabricius Hansen & Antje Rossdeutscher (eds.), Lingua 122, 1899–1918.
  • Jasinskaja, Katja. 2011. Review of Quantity Implicatures by Bart Geurts (2010). LINGUIST List 22.3291. URL: http://linguistlist.org/issues/22/22-3291.html
  • Jasinskaja, Katja & Elena Karagjosova. 2011. Elaboration and Explanation. Proceedings of Constraints in Discourse 4. URL: http://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/22604569/elaboration-and-explanation-inria
  • Ludwig, Rainer, Fabienne Salfner & Mathias Schenner. 2012. Focus on Embedded Adverbials. In Sarah Berson et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 8-10 2008 (vol 34), 245-256. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society.
  • Salfner, Fabienne. 2010. Interplay of Syntactic Positions and Information Structure: Frame-Setting Mäßig-Adverbials in German. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 15, 2. 231-256.
  • Salfner, Fabienne & Felix Salfner. 2011. Das Adverb 'da' im Deutschen als eine Topiksituations-Proform: Eine SDRT-Analyse. In Eva Breindl, Gisella Ferraresi & Anna Volodina (eds.), Satzverknüpfungen. Zur Interaktion von Form, Bedeutung und Diskursfunktion, 211-228. Berlin: de Gruyter.

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