Making Semantics Pragmatic

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Ken Turner
BRILL, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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This collection of especially invited papers aims to explore the nature of the semantics/pragmatics interface by examining the extent to which the analysis of certain expressions or constructions can be pragmaticised. As the title of the collection implicates, it is anticipated that the theoretical and descriptive burden will move from semantics to pragmatics. However not all parts of a linguistic system will yield to a pragmatic treatment. The possibility remains that certain expressions or constructions are more economically and elegantly treated in semantic terms. Thus, this collection also contains papers that address the topic of 'making pragmatics semantic'. This collection contributes to the current interest in examining the division of labour between semantics and pragmatics in the analysis of meaning. All of the papers are at the forefront of knowledge in these matters and each contains original empirical analyses and/or novel theoretical perspectives. This book is relevant to courses in university departments of linguistics, modern languages, philosophy and psychology and to a wide range of university teaching and research.

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Preliminary sketches of landscapes
2 Whatever Happened to Meaning? Remarks on Contextualisms and Propositionalisms
3 What Refers? How?
4 Bearers of Truth and the Unsaid
5 Towards a Radically Pragmatic Theory of IfConditionals
6 French Relational Words Context Sensitivity and Implicit Arguments
7 Mutual Manifestness and the Pragmatic Marker Ne in Mandarin Chinese
8 The UseTheory of Meaning and the Rules of Our Language Games
9 Say What? A GameTheoretic Approach to the SaidImplicated Distinction

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