Linguistics Department

Premier Journal in Linguistics Honors David Beaver & Co-Authors

Tue, December 3, 2013

Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), has honored "Toward a Taxonomy of Projective Content" as the best paper of 2013.  The authors are Judith Tonhauser (Ohio State), David Beaver (UT Austin), Craige Roberts (Ohio State), and Mandy Simons (CMU). Language is typically considered to be the premier journal in the field of linguistics. This award will be formally presented at the annual meeting of the LSA in January 2014 in Minneapolis. The LSA's award citation has the following to say about this important paper:

"‘Toward a taxonomy of projective content’ unpacks current conceptions of presupposition and conventional implicature to refine our understanding of projective content generally. It establishes a series of diagnostics about projective contents that form part of a toolkit for cross-linguistic study. Based on a detailed and careful examination of English and of the understudied language Paraguayan Guaraní, the authors propose a novel dossier of subclasses of projective content. The sophistication of the work on Guaraní stands out, as does the toolkit that will enable similar research on other languages, allowing a much broader base of languages from which to understand the nature of projective content, and serving as a model for other cross-linguistic work in pragmatics.'"

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