The Web page of Barbara Abbott, professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Michigan State University, contains a collection of her research articles on various topics in semantic theory, pragmatics and philosophy of language, her main areas of specialisation. The topics covered include: presuppositions; indicative conditionals; proper names; definite and indefinite noun phrases; definite descriptions; language of thought; theories of quotation; analytic truth; specificity; and referentiality. Her papers, most of which can be downloaded in HTML or PDF, are grouped into four categories: articles; reviews; manuscripts; and work in progress. The section on articles collects the papers that feature in journals, books, and conference proceedings. The section on manuscripts contains papers that have not yet been published. Some of these papers, however, may have been presented in conferences or workshops. The section on work in progress simply indicates her current research interests. The papers that are available to download represent the crucial contribution that Abbott has made to the study of meaning. Full appreciation of her work and the concepts discussed, however, comes with acquaintance with the contents of some of the papers that are not available on her Web page. The Web page contains details of a seminar series on pragmatics, with downloadable papers by scholars such as H. P. Grice and Scott Weinstein. While most of the downloadable papers by Abbott are original and technical, some are of a purely expository nature. This makes her Web page a useful resource for undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty members alike.
'Contextos' is a Spanish scholarly journal published by the Centre of Methodological and Interdisciplinary Studies (CEMI) at the University of Leon. It includes articles, research notes and reviews of academic works on a wide range of disciplines, although it is prominent the study of language, communication, and culture from a philosophical, psychological, linguistic and/or literary approach. The digital repository 'Dialnet' has made available the lists of contents for issues published during the period between 1983 (1), when the journal was first published, and 1996 (28). At the time of cataloguing, full-text articles published between 1997 and 2002 (29-40) were also available for download as .pdf files. The site offers general information about the journal, publication guidelines for authors, and an index of authors. Some topics covered have been: verbal and non-verbal elements in television adverts; the influence of San Juan de la Cruz in Federico García Lorca's 'Sonetos del Amor Oscuro'; functions and categories within the field of Hispanic linguistics; and the phenomenology of 'logos' in the philosophy of José Ortega y Gasset. Users should note the main language of the publication is Spanish. However, contributions in English are also accepted, and abstracts in both Spanish and English are always provided.
This is the official website of Dan Sperber, who is a French social and cognitive scientist who has developed a naturalistic approach to culture under the name of "epidemiology of representations". With Deirdre Wilson of University College London, he has also developed a cognitive approach to communication known as Relevance theory. Relevance is among the influential theories in contemporary linguistic thought. Sperber's site offers a brief biography, bibliography, and a list of selected articles arranged by date or by theme, written in English or French. The texts are freely accessible under certain conditions of use. The site will be of interest to students and researchers working in the areas of pragmatics, communication, linguistic anthropology, cognitive linguistics, and other related linguistic fields.
English Language and Linguistics is a biannual journal which focuses on the description of the English language within the framework of contemporary linguistics. It covers a range of theoretical perspectives, including syntax; morphology; phonology; semantics; pragmatics; corpus linguistics; and lexis. The site has a link to Cambridge Journals Online, where free tables of contents and abstracts of articles, starting with volume 1, 1997, are provided. For registered users, there is the additional benefit of email alerting. The journal is available to institutions in print and electronic form, and to individuals in print only. Discounts are available to members of the European Society for the Study of English, the Linguistic Society of America, and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
The International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) is an international organisation devoted to the study of language use. It was established in 1986, is based in Antwerp, Belgium, and has members in over 60 countries around the world. IPrA organises pragmatic conferences every three years, as well as some smaller events. It publishes a quarterly journal, Pragmatics, which is non-commercial and is available to libraries, institutions, and individual IPrA members. The contents of the journal (starting form March 1991) can be seen online but not the articles as such. The research activity of the Association is conducted through IPrA Research Center (IRC), hosted by the Antwerp Center for Pragmatics, University of Antwerp.
This is the Elsevier Science website of the Journal of Pragmatics, an interdisciplinary monthly of language studies dealing with various aspects of pragmatic research: forms, functions and foundations of human interaction. It explores language in a broad theoretical perspective and draws on studies in sociolinguistics, general linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, computational linguistics, applied linguistics and other areas of linguistic research. The Journal also takes interest in neighbouring disciplines such as communication science, information science, psychiatry, neuropsychology. Each issue focuses on a specific subject of particular interest to different groups of readers, such as politeness across cultures, discourse strategies, or syntactic questions in pragmatics. Tables of contents and abstracts can be browsed on the journal webpage, but access to the journal articles is by subscription only (one free sample issue available).
The Web page of Kai von Fintel, associative professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), contains a comprehensive collection of his papers on a wide range of topics in semantic theory and pragmatics. The topics covered include: various forms of modals and modality; conditionals; tense; bare plurals; quantifiers and adverbial quantifiers; if-clauses; and presuppositions. Some of these papers appear in journals, conference proceedings, and books. Some served as handouts of work presented in colloquia, workshops and conferences in linguistics and philosophy, in USA and various countries in Europe. Other papers assume the form of: manuscripts, as they have not yet been published; and lecture notes, as they form research material for classes and seminars given at MIT and other universities. Von Fintel wrote some of his papers with Sabine Iatridou. Papers and slides are available in PDF and possibly MP3. The Web page is regularly updated, and some articles have even been revised since publication or presentation. It will prove immensely useful for undergraduates and postgraduates for its provision of clear and accessible lecture notes. Specialist researchers will also greatly benefit from the wealth of articles downloadable from this website including: papers by Barbara Partee and Achille Varzi; and papers by other authors published in other online semantics resources linked to this Web page. The choice of the colour black to indicate a visited site is unfortunate, as it makes it difficult to identify clickable resources once they have been accessed.
Kent Bach is professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. His personal home page includes online versions of his publications in the area of the philosophy of language, especially speech-acts and conversational implicature. Bach is also concerned with philosophical problems surrounding referring and belief-reports, and issues at the intersection between mind and world, such as self-deception and truth. Aside from articles on these topics, he has also published a large number of reviews and encyclopaedia entries, also included on the site. Also featured near the bottom of the home page is a select set of links to philosophy and other sites of interest.
The Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) home page is a collection of resources connected to the theory of LFG. The site contains articles and an extensive bibliography along with links to different projects within the LFG framework and some useful questions and answers that function as introduction to the theory. The site is created and maintained by Doug Arnold, Lecturer at the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. LFG is a grammar theory concerned with the morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics of natural language. An important feature of this theory is that, in the description of language, there are two fundamental levels of syntactic representation: constituent structure (c-structure) and functional structure (f-structure). This site is useful for researchers and students of grammar theories.
The website of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group (also formerly known as the Cross-cultural Linguistic Politeness Group), contains information about the group and its events, as well as academic papers on this topic. The group was established in 1998 in order to bring together scholars working in the area of linguistic politeness. Resources available on this site include a series of papers on politeness and context (Working Papers on the Web, vol.3, 2002); a list of members and their research interests; bibliographies; and information on conferences organised by the group. There are also links to information about the Journal of Politeness Research and other publications related to the group.
Linguistik Online is a peer reviewed e-journal for linguistics, published by the University of Bern, founded in cooperation with the Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany). It covers discourse analysis; history of language; language acquisition; history of linguistics; theoretical linguistics; morphology; syntax; pragmatics; semantics; sociolinguistics. 2-5 issues a year have been published since 1998. Articles are mainly in German or English, some are in French or Spanish. The introduction to the journal is in four languages (German, English, Frech, Spanish).
The website of Manfred Krifka, professor of Linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, contains information about his academic roles and his contributions to aspects of syntax-semantics interface. Professor Krifka has written on a wide range of languages and a variety of linguistic issues. The themes he has addressed include: modality; association with focus; vagueness; contextual dependency; pragmatics; adverbial quantification; relative clauses; polarity items; aspects of plurals; genericity; measure adjectives; and telicity. The languages he has studied include: English; German; Swahili; and Tok Pisin of Papua New Guinea. The most useful part of this site is the large number of Krifka's research articles, including The origins of telicity, which can be downloaded for free from the site. Articles are in PDF format. The website is available in both English and German, with contributions appearing in one or the other language. The website will prove invaluable to undergraduates, graduates and faculty, as it contains expository and specialist contributions of the highest quality. The website is available in frames version only.
Meaning and speech acts is a lengthy (167K) overview article on the analysis of what is meant by speech acts. The article is divided into the following sections: Speakers, Hearers and overhearers; Locutions, illocutions, and perlocutions within the hierarchy of acts; Performative clauses; Speech act classification and definition; Presuppositions and preconditions on illocutions; Clause-type and primary illocution; The inference schema for calculating illocutionary point; On-record and off-record, literal and nonliteral; Cultural diversity; More than one illocution in an utterance; Speech acts and discourse; Summary; and References. Meaning and speech acts was first published on the Web in 1998.
This website constitutes a comprehensive bibliographic resource on Relevance theory containing a list of mainly print documents, some made available online, divided into thematic sections. The thematic sections are preceded by an authors' index comprising Spanish- and English-speaking scholars. Some of the titles can be downloaded either as full-texts in PDF format or abstracts. Included are works on: semantics; pragmatics; grammar and literature; textual analysis and stylistics; figurative language; translation and interpretation; phonetics and phonology; anthropology and sociolinguistics; language acquisition; communication disorders; and second language teaching. Also featured are: pre-1986 research on relevance; reviews; criticism and compilations. Latest additions and links are clearly marked. As a highly comprehensive bibliographic resource and a basic secondary source, the site should prove useful to students of Relevance theory.
The online peer-reviewed academic journal 'Semantics and Pragmatics', published since 2007 (pilot issue), is affiliated to the Linguistic Society of America, and its target audience includes academics in the fields of psychology, philosophy and computer science as well as linguistics. Abstracts and complete articles, the latter in PDF format, can be accessed from the site, and there is also a search function, although only a few articles had been published at the time of cataloguing. Information for authors (submission guidelines), readers (who are encouraged to register to receive notification of newly published content), and libraries is also provided on the website.
Semiotics for Beginners is an online book by Daniel Chandler, a lecturer in media and communication studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. It was originally written to assist his undergraduate students and to address the need for a clear, understandable introduction to the subject. The book largely succeeds in this respect, offering a readable and accessible guide to semiotic theory and its application to various fields. The online text is conventionally divided into chapters, with some light hypertextual features such as links between chapters and to external sites. Chapters cover issues such as: the nature of signs; paradigms and syntagms; denotation, connotation and myth; rhetorical tropes; encoding and decoding; and intertextuality. There is also a section covering the strengths and frequent criticisms of semiotic approaches. The book concludes with some advice to students regarding the interrogation of texts via semiotic analysis. This should act as a useful introduction for undergraduates studying critical theory, media studies, literature, or linguistics. A glossary, messageboard, chatroom, suggested reading list, and links to other sites of interest are also provided. The site makes use of frames.
This is the home page of the Systemic Meaning Modelling Group at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. It contains information about the research activities and projects by the group along with more general information about Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG), the linguistic theory founded by M. A. K. Halliday. SFG is based on the belief that language is about meaning and that its main function is communication. The theory suggests that the study of grammar should make use of empirical data such as language corpora. The site is divided into two parts. The first part is concerned with the group itself and contains information about the members and their research. The second part contains more general information about Systemic Functional Grammar. It is aimed both at prospective students and curious readers. Although the Virtual Library contains some dead links at the time of review it also contains some useful articles about the theory. The article 'Systemic functional grammar: a first step into the theory' by Christian Matthiessen and M. A. K. Halliday is a good and quite comprehensive introduction to the most important elements of SFG and is recommended for anyone interested in getting to know the theory.