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 study Abusch's (2002; 2010) distinction between hard and soft triggers from an experimental point of view. We show that there are apparent counterexamples to the distinction, discuss their status and describe future experiments aiming at clarifying the processing issues that form the core of the problem.
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)
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)