Meaning, Prosody and Commitment

Language and Logic Courses

Introductory Course

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  

Malamud-Stephenson

Brandial-Beyssade-Marandin-copie

On_Reacting_to_Assertions_and_Polar_Questions

Reading for Lecture 2

Hirschberg1

Prieto

Nolan-preprint

Reading for Lecture 3

Romero-Braun

Krifka 2015

Gunlogson

Reading for Lecture 4

Biezma_et_al-2015-Language_and_Linguistics_Compass

Pruitt&Roelofsen

Beltrama_etal

TRuckenbrodt-focus

Reading for Lecture 5

Portes-Beyssade-Verbum

Rohde.sdlp.2006

Biezma Salt 27

Dehe_rhethorical-icelandic

Neitschet al.-2018