Dietmar Zaefferer

Dietmar Zaefferer
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich | LMU · Institute for Theoretical Linguistics

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Dietmar Zaefferer is affiliated with the Institute for Theoretical Linguistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich. He does research in Semantics, Pragmatics and Syntax. Together with Andrea Schalley he developed the conceptual framework 'Ontolinguistics,' an onomasiological approach to language based on the conceptual structure present in the language users’ mind. His current projects include 'Language and Action in an Agent-based Situation Theory' and 'Ontolinguistics of Figurativity.'

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Sound symbolism – the idea that there are motivated links between the sound of a word and its meaning has been established to be an existing phenomenon across different languages. Especially size sound symbolism seems to be a functional feature in many languages meaning that different types of vowels in words are associated with different physical...
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1. Introduction I have agreed to comment on Truckenbrodt's paper mainly because I am sympathetic with the overall approach which aims at figuring out the non-syntactic correlates of the syntactic distinction between verb-initial and verb-final constructions in German sentences, both root and embedded clauses. Figuring out the non-syntactic correlat...
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0. Introduction The overall aim of this paper is to present a speech act ontology that is motivated by general assumptions about the nature of human language and implicational universals about the grammatical coding of illocutionary force (sentence mood markers). In particular, I want to show five things: First, that the Searlean picture is skewed...
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The English word ontology, together with its counterparts in many languages, has made a breathtaking career during the last decades especially in information science, but also in other disciplines. Since its definitions vary considerably within and especially across disciplines, and since this volume, although clearly focused on linguistic matters,...
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Ausgehend von der Beobachtung, dass in der Literatur zu findende Charakterisierungen des Gesamtbereichs modaler Kategorien entweder zu unstrukturiert (logischphilosophische Ansätze) oder zu unsystematisch (linguistische Ansätze) sind, wird hier eine Konzeptualisierung vorgeschlagen, deren Systematizität sich darin spiegelt, dass ihre Definitionen r...
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Based on an ontological frame for comparative onomasiological lexicology which embeds the RAIN eventity type as an exponent-shaped activity into a general linguistic ontology as well as an ontology of motion, the words for RAIN in two Germanic and two Romance languages are compared with respect to their semantic and syntactic variability. It turns...
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Reliable linguistic research across languages is still seriously hampered by the lack of comparable descriptive grammars. Some of the problems could be overcome, or at least reduced, by a gradual transition from traditional »Papergrammars« to interconnected »Electronic grammars« with appropriate software tools. The authors describes such a project...
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A successful formal reconstruction of a fragment of a natural language like the one presented in Montague (1973)1 calls for extensions in various directions. Two of the most challenging ones among them are the inclusion of non-declarative sentence moods and a treatment of context-dependency beyond the interpretation of tense. The present paper adva...
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This paper argues that the analysis of the phenomenon of misunderstanding presents a fruitful contribution to the development of a theory of linguistic understanding. It tries first to clarify the central notion and proposes a rather detailed classification of different types of mis-understanding. Then it develops, with the aid of decision analysis...
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Diskussion von: Daniel Vanderveken "Meaning and Speech Acts", vol. I: "Principles of Language Use", vol. II: "Formal Semantics of Success and Satisfaction", Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1990, 1991

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