Does context and context-dependence belong to the research agenda
of semantics - and, specifically, of formal semantics? Not so long
ago many linguists and philosophers would probably have given a
negative answer to the question. However, recent developments in
formal semantics have indicated that analyzing natural language
semantics without a thorough accommodation of context-dependence is
next to impossible. The classification of the ways in which context
and context-dependence enter semantic analysis, though, is still a
matter of much controversy and some of these disputes are
ventilated in the present collection. This book is not only a
collection of papers addressing context-dependence and methods for
dealing with it: it also records comments to the papers and the
authors' replies to the comments. In this way, the contributions
themselves are contextually dependent.
In view of the fact that the contributors to the volume are such
key figures in contemporary formal semantics as Hans Kamp, Barbara
Partee, Reinhard Muskens, Nicholas Asher, Manfred Krifka, Jaroslav
Peregrin and many others, the book represents a quite unique
inquiry into the current activities on the semantics side of the
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