The interpretation of coercion constructions (to begin a book) has been recently considered as resulting from the operation of type changing. For instance, a phrase of type o (object) is coerced to a phrase of type e (event) under the influence of the predicate. We show that this procedure encounters empirical difficulties. Focussing on the begin/commencer… (More)
This paper examines the possibility of providing a unified account of the projection properties of presuppositions, conventional and conversational implicatures. I discuss the solution offered in (Roberts et al. 2009) and show that the central notion we need to cover the spectrum of observations is that of attachment.
We examine the status of French major continuative prosodic contours, which are mainly realised as final rises at the boundary of sentences. We show how to substantiate the common intuition that these contours convey 'continuation'. We report empirical evidence that indicates that native speakers cannot distinguish major continuatives and questions in… (More)
We consider pseudo-imperatives like Come near (and) I'll show you, which have a conditional interpretation ('if you come near, I'll show you'). We show that they have basically the same semantics as Sufficiency Modal Constructions studied by von Fintel and Iatridou (2007). We provide a detailed analysis of 'sufficiency' in Lewis's counterfactual framework,… (More)
While it seems intuitively obvious that many discourse markers (DMs) are able to express discourse relations (DRs) which exist independently, the specific contribution of DMs-if any-is not clear. In this paper, we investigate the status of some consequence DMs in French. We observe that it is difficult to construct a clear and simple definition based on DRs… (More)
Delattre (1966) proposed a classification of French basic melodic contours. He defined in particular 'major continuatives' as melodic rises that mark the frontier between higher constituents in a hierarchy of clausal and sentential constituents. Although Delattre's empirical basis for his classification has been discussed, there is a strong intuition that… (More)
This paper explores several interrelated pragmatic issues connected to the (verbal and adjectival) passive and the periphrastic perfect tense. The language of investigation is Ger-man. In sections 1 and 2, I start with tense selection, as both verbal passives and Extended Now adverbs impose restrictions on the tenses they can co-occur with. While the… (More)
Current research in lexical semantics has brought into focus (i) the existence of general tendencies ('princi-ples') ac:o~ languages or inside language families, (ii) the existence of numerous exceptions to these tendencies. To reconcile these two facts, it seems natural to endorle s general conception of principles-with-exceptions or 'subregularities '1,… (More)