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By Henk J. Verkuyl

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Sentences might pertain to states or methods or occasions. they might exhibit boundedness, period, repetition, frequency, and lots of different kinds of temporality. How do they do that? Henk Verkuyl provides right here a conception approximately aspectual homes of sentences in ordinary languages. A conception of Aspectuality brings jointly the fruit of his considering at the topic during the last twenty years, and may curiosity all these engaged on point and the semantics of noun words. It grants to be an important contribution to our knowing of the topic.

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Lower-bounded reading) (7b) I have met some but not all of her friends. (upper-bounded reading) In Horn’s (1992: 172) terms, ‘what is said in an utterance is systematically underdetermined by what is uttered ’. Introducing underdetermination to semantic theory opened the way for more and more advanced proposals that obey methodological parsimony. In agreement with Occam’s razor and in particular with Grice’s (1978) ModiWed Occam’s Razor (henceforth: MOR) that advocates not multiplying senses beyond necessity, theories of meaning came closer to representing the cognitive processes involved in understanding utterances.

Recanati 1989a: 98) In other words, on Recanati’s construal, in addition to sentence meaning, there is what is said, and in addition to these there is a more general notion of what is communicated: the latter includes the implicatures. According to Recanati, what is said is intuitively given: as he spells out in a later work Meaning Representation: Setting the Scene 23 (Recanati 2003), what is said is not composed of a sentence meaning and conscious inferences from it. Instead, it is primitive as far as the processing of meaning goes.

Levinson 2000: 27) 26 Default Semantics: Foundations Once again, in agreement with the PoL principle and more generally with Occam’s razor, if there is no evidence for a level of meaning, it should not be postulated. There is also a more modest but still powerful argument against the level of GCIs that can merely be signalled here in general terms as its full power can only become clear after I have introduced types of defaults in Chapter 2. In short, according to the account in which there is more than one level of meaning, a level of meaning should be characterized by a uniformity of the source from which the meanings that pertain to this level are derived.

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