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  1. Reinhard Blutner & Henk Zeevat, Editor's Introduction: Pragmatics in Optimality Theory.
    Based on the tenets of the so-called ‘radical pragmatics’ school (see, for instance, Cole, 1981), this book takes a particular view with regard to the relationship between content and linguistically encoded meaning. The traditional view embodied in the work of Montague and Kaplan (e.g., Kaplan, 1979; Montague, 1970) sees content being fully determined by linguistic meaning relative to a contextual index. In contrast, the radical view takes it that, although linguistic meaning is clearly important to content, it does not determine (...)
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  2. Henk Zeevat, A Reinterpretation of Syntactic Alignment.
    Harmonic Alignment was proposed by Prince and Smolensky (1993) as a mechanism to establish a correspondence between different harmony scales within the overall framework of Optimality Theory (“OT” henceforth). They specifically address the combination of the phonological sonority hierarchy with the hierarchy of syllable positions. In recent work, Judith Aissen has taken up this idea as a mean to formulate insights from the functionally oriented markedness theory in morphology and syntax within OT syntax (cf. Aissen 1999, 2000). Though based on (...)
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  3. Henk Zeevat, Contracts in the Common Ground.
    The paper explores the introduction of contracts in the common ground by means of requests, promises and questions. Various modal operators are introduced to achieve the modelling of these new additions to the conversational record. The paper extends the treatment of Zeevat 97 and introduces the beginnings of a theory of action.
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  4. Henk Zeevat, Double Bias.
    The paper introduces a statistical notion of bidirectionality aimed at bridging the gap between synchronic and diachronic linguistic explanations.
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  5. Henk Zeevat, Demonstratives on Pictures.
    Kaplan's theory of demonstratives and deicticals can be brie y stated as follows. Expressions of this kind depend for their interpretation on the context of utterance and in a context of utterance they refer directly to whatever they refer to. Direct reference in turn consists in two properties. The rst property is the absence of a Fregean sense. The context does its work once and for all and the reference is not in uenced by a counterfactual circumstance in which something (...)
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  6. Henk Zeevat, Markedness and Economy on Signs.
    A simple mathematical notion of a sign is a partial function f defined on semantic representations and mapping its parts to a set of morphs in a syntactic representation together with the domain and target representation. S =.
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  7. Henk Zeevat, Meaning in Micro-Communities.
    One way of describing the enterprise of natural language semantics is by analogy with interpreted formal languages, e.g. the language of arithmetic interpreted on the natural numbers. English is then the formal language consisting of the well-formed sentences of English interpreted on the structure we happen to nd around us. The business of the natural language semanticist is to describe the correlation of the formal expressions with that structure. This paper is directed against this particular interpretation 1 of the enterprise (...)
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  8. Henk Zeevat, Particles: Presupposition Triggers, Context Markers or Speech Act Markers.
    This paper discusses two possible formal approaches to the semantic/pragmatic characterisation of a subclass of the modal particles. It may well be that the approaches can be applied to other particles or that they can be applied to certain intonational patterns (e.g. contrastive stress), to morphemes (past tense, agreement) or to words (pronouns), constructions (some uses of definite descriptions, clefts), but I will not try to to show that here. The first approach is based on the optimality theoretic reconstruction of (...)
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  9. Henk Zeevat, The Asymmetry of Optimality Theoretic Syntax And.
    also as a theory of interpretation, and extending it with a bidirectional pragmatic component that is closely related to existing ideas about natural language interpretation. The paper argues for the priority of the direction from content to form, develops the..
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  10. Walter Kasper & Henk Zeevat (1992). R01: A Van der Sandt and Henk Zebvat. Journal of Semantics 9 (4):285.
     
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  11. Henk Zeevat (1992). Presupposition and Accommodation in Update Semantics. Journal of Semantics 9 (4):379-412.
    A reconstruction is presented of van der Sandt's theory of presupposition in the framework of update semantics and extended to belief sentences. The resulting view is confronted with earlier approaches to presupposition (especially Heim's) in update semantics, concentrating on the approach to accommodation. It is shown in some detail that the anaphoric view of presupposition can be maintained for only a subclass of presuppositional triggers and must be given up for another class. The paper shows that the treatment of presuppositional (...)
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  12. Henk Zeevat & Rob van Der Sandt (1992). Editorial Introduction. Journal of Semantics 9 (4):287-288.
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  13. Henk Zeevat (1989). A Compositional Approach to Discourse Representation Theory. Linguistics and Philosophy 12 (1):95 - 131.
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