We focus on the semantic analysis of Conventional Implicatures. Since H. P. Grice first classified conversational and conventional implicatures, the formal treatment of conventional implicatures has been much neglected compared to that of conversational implicatures. Recently, however, Christopher Potts reidentified the category of conventional implicatures and provided a formal and compositional semantics to expressives. This course aims to apply the theory to other lexical items in non-English languages that induce similar secondary meanings.
This course aims to build students' knowledge of linguistic theory, and to develop students' research ability through examining various issues in semantics, with emphases put on the following respects: (i) learning current issues in compositional semantics and their methodologies (ii) critical assessment of previous literature, (iii) formulation of falsifiable hypotheses, and (iv) academic writing.
2006 Ph.D in Linguistics, University of Delaware.
Yurie Hara, Shigeto Kawahara, and Yuli Feng. The prosody of enhanced bias in Mandarin and Japanese negative questions. Lingua, 150:92-116, 2014.
Yurie Hara, Youngju Kim, Hiromu Sakai, and Sanae Tamura. Projections of events and propositions in Japanese: A case study of koto-nominalized clauses in causal relations. Lingua, 133:262-288, September 2013.
Yurie Hara. Evidentiality of discourse items and Because-clauses. Journal of Semantics, 25(3):229-268, 2008.
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