S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 39 Number 1/4 (2003)
Presuppositon Projection in Belief Contexts
- Yeom, Jae-Il
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.39 No.4, pp. 859-890
- presupposition projection; accommodation; satisfaction; binding; information state; belief context; desire context
- In this paper, I review satisfaction theory and binding theory of presupposition projection in dealing with presuppositions in belief contexts, and show that a presupposition triggered in a belief context can be accommodated more than once, and that this is not a pragmatic matter, as Geurts (1998) claims. Behind this claim lies the assumption that belief contexts as well as the main context are information states and that a presupposition triggered in a belief context is accommodated to all accessible information states. I furthermore claim on the basis of the strongest meaning hypothesis that the preference order among the possible readings of a sentence is determined by the strength of each reading. Finally, I give the semantics of believe-statements to support the claims in this paper. I also discuss want-statements, but presuppositions from a desire context behave like those from a belief context as far as accommodation is concerned.