Semantic approaches to clause-type selection

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Throughout the development of formal linguistics, investigation of clause types has provided important insights into the interface between pragmatics and other domains of grammar (Hamblin 1973; Karttunen 1977; Gunlogson 2001; Groenendijk and Stokhof 1984; Zanuitini and Portner 2003; Farkas & Roelofsen 2017; Ciardelli et al. 2018, among many others). This chapter overviews recent theoretical proposals concerning the semantic nature of clause-type selection in embedded clauses, and discusses experimental methodologies for testing such proposals. As Groenendijk & Stokhof (1984) argue, embedded clauses provide an important testbed for the investigation of clause types, as they are an environment in which pragmatic factors that affect matrix clauses can be controlled for. Establishing the semantics of clause types on the basis of the examination of embedded clauses will provide a key step toward deeper understanding of the division of labour between semantics and pragmatics of clause types.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Concepts in Experimental Pragmatics
EditorsYoichi Miyamoto, Masatoshi Koizumi, Hajime Ono, Kazuko Yatsushiro, Uli Sauerland
PublisherKaitakusha
Chapter14
ISBN (Print)9784758923743
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2022

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