A Cross-linguistic Study
By (author) Yan Huang
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Anaphora by Yan Huang
Book DescriptionUnderstanding any communication depends on the listener or reader recognizing that some words refer to what has already been said or written (his, its, he, there, etc.). This mode of reference, anaphora, involves complicated cognitive and syntactic processes, which people usually perform unerringly, but which present formidable problems for the linguist and cognitive scientist trying to explain precisely how comprehension is achieved. Anaphora is thus a central research focus in syntactic and semantic theory, while understanding and modelling its operation in discourse are important targets in computational linguistics and cognitive science. Yan Huang provides an extensive and accessible overview of the major contemporary issues surrounding anaphora and gives a critical survey of the many and diverse contemporary approaches to it. He provides by far the fullest cross-linguistic account yet published: Dr Huang's survey and analysis are based on a rich collection of data drawn from around 550 of the world's languages. Topics covered include binding and control, null subjects and objects, long distance reflexivisation, logophoricity, bridging-cross reference, switch-reference, and discourse anaphora. Written by a leading expert on anaphora, the book will be the standard point of reference for all those interested in this important topic in theoretical linguistics. It will be a vital reference for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, on the interfaces between them, on linguistic typology, and on computational linguistics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198235286
(235mm x 157mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yan Huang
Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics, Hardback (November 2016)
This volume brings together distinguished scholars from all over the world to present an authoritative, thorough, and yet accessible state-of-the-art survey of current issues in pragmatics. It covers a wide range of topics and will be an indispensable reference for scholars and students in pragmatics, philosophy of language, and related fields.
Pragmatics, Paperback (December 2014)
Yan Huang's highly successful textbook on pragmatics has been fully revised and updated. It includes a brand new chapter on reference, a major topic in both linguistics and the philosophy of language, as well as new material covering subjects including conversational implicature, emotional deixis, and contextualism versus semantic minimalism.
Oxford Dictionary of Pragmatics, Paperback (December 2014)
A comprehensive guide to the terms, concepts, and theories of pragmatics from the traditional to the most recent, showing how they originated and how they are used. A vital resource for students and researchers in linguistics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and computational linguistics.
Syntax and Pragmatics of Anaphora, Paperback (August 2007)» View all books by Yan Huang
Develops a pragmatic theory of anaphora, which is a key topic in theoretical linguistics.
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Author Biography - Yan Huang
Yan Huang is Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading.
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