The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics

Christopher Cummins (Editor), Napoleon Katsos (Editor)

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This handbook is the first to explore the growing field of experimental semantics and pragmatics. In the past twenty years, experimental data has become a major source of evidence for building theories of language meaning and use, encompassing a wide range of topics and methods. Following an introduction from the editors, the chapters in this volume offer an up-to-date account of research in the field spanning thirty-one different topics, including scalar implicatures, presuppositions, counterfactuals, quantification, metaphor, prosody, and politeness, as well as exploring how and why a particular experimental method is suitable for addressing a given theoretical debate. The volume’s forward-looking approach also seeks to actively identify questions and methods that could be fruitfully combined in future experimental research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages688
ISBN (Print)9780198791768
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks


  • semantics
  • pragmatics
  • experimental data
  • evidence
  • methods


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