Specificity and Definiteness in Sentence and Discourse Structure

@article{Heusinger2002SpecificityAD,
  title={Specificity and Definiteness in Sentence and Discourse Structure},
  author={K. Heusinger},
  journal={J. Semant.},
  year={2002},
  volume={19},
  pages={245-274}
}
  • K. Heusinger
  • Published 2002
  • Computer Science, Philosophy
  • J. Semant.
The paper gives a contrastive analysis of the two semantic categories specificity and definiteness .I ta rgues against the traditional picture that assumes that specific expressions are a subclass of indefinite NPs. The paper rather assumes that the two categories are independent of each other. Definiteness expresses the discourse pragmatic property of familiarity, while specificity mirrors a more finely grained referential structure of the items used in the discourse. A specific NP indicates… Expand

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