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Continuations and Natural Language

Chris Barker and Chung-chieh Shan


The continuation of an expression is a portion of its surrounding context. This book proposes and defends the continuation hypothesis: that the meaning of a natural language expression can depend on its own continuation (it can denote a function on its surrounding context). Part I develops a continuation‐based theory of scope and quantificational binding. Taking inspiration from the theory of computer programming languages, and unlike other accounts of scope, continuations provide fine‐grained control over the order in which expressions are evaluated (processed). This leads to a principled yet ... More

Keywords: continuations, scope, quantification, parasitic scope, type‐logical grammar, categorial grammar, semantics, order of evaluation, negative polarity, donkey anaphora

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Barker, author
New York University

Chung-chieh Shan, author
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University