Context is a core notion of linguistic theory. However, while there are numerous attempts at explaining single aspects of the notion of context, these attempts are rather diverse and do not easily converge to a unified theory of context. The present multi-faceted collection of papers reconsiders the notion of context and its challenges for linguistics from different theoretical and empirical angles. Part I offers insights into a wide range of current approaches to context, including theoretical pragmatics, neurolinguistics, clinical pragmatics, interactional linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Part II presents new empirical findings on the role of context from case studies on idioms, unarticulated constituents, argument linking, and numerically-quantified expressions. Bringing together different theoretical frameworks, the volume provides thought-provoking discussions of how the notion of context can be understood, modeled, and implemented in linguistics. It is essential for researchers interested in theoretical and applied linguistics, the semantics/pragmatics interface, and experimental pragmatics.
1. Preface; 2. Introduction (by Finkbeiner, Rita); 3. Part I. Linguistic perspectives on context; 4. What is a context?: Theoretical and empirical evidence (by Meibauer, Jorg); 5. Context in neurolinguistics: Time-course data from electrophysiology (by Schumacher, Petra B.); 6. Theorising context: The case of clinical pragmatics (by Cummings, Louise); 7. Context: Gricean intentions vs. two-dimensional semantics (by Jaszczolt, Katarzyna M.); 8. Contexts in interaction: Relating pragmatic wastebaskets (by Fetzer, Anita); 9. What's non-linguistic visual context?: A view from language comprehension (by Knoeferle, Pia); 10. Part II.Case studies on context; 11. Emergent contexts: Observations on the context-creative power of idioms (by Finkbeiner, Rita); 12. The role of context in interpreting implicit meaning aspects (by Borjesson, Kristin); 13. Contextually enriched argument linking (by Klein, Udo); 14. Modelling context within a constraint-based account of quantifier usage (by Cummins, Chris); 15. Subject and name index