Language and Logic Courses
Meaning, Prosody and Commitment,
Claire Beyssade (University of Paris 8, France) and Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (CNRS-LLING – Nantes, France)
Week 1, 11:00 – 12:30, Room 224, Floor 1
Introduced by Hamblin in the 70s, and subsequently largely ignored, the notion of commitment has today become central in formal semantics and pragmatics and in particular in the literature on speech acts, discursive particles, and prosody. The course intends to systematize the material about commitment offering a historical overview from Hamblin to the recent model elaborated by Krifka (session-1). In parallel, it addresses the issue of prosodic units and intonation meaning (session-2). It will then evaluate these theories across three empirical domains: declarative and biased questions (session-3), alternative questions (session-4), and rhetorical questions (session-5).
By making the notion of commitment invest areas for which truth conditions and propositional attitudes have been traditionally used, we will propose to revisit the divide between private and public states firstly established by Hamblin. We will explore the intricacies between these two spaces and present actual research on meaning of prosody and modeling of interaction in dialogue.
Slides presented during the 5 sessions
Reading for Lecture 1
Reading for Lecture 2
Reading for Lecture 3
Reading for Lecture 4
Reading for Lecture 5