Download Particles at the Semantics Pragmatics in by Dr Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen PDF

By Dr Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

The important goal of this examine is to clarify the character of the semantics / pragmatics contrast in either synchrony and diachrony. the writer proposes a definition of semantics and pragmatics that's orthogonal to the query of truth-conditionality, and discusses the prestige of varied varieties of which means with recognize to this definition. A corollary objective of the examine is to suggest an account of the way and why erstwhile pragmatically-determined parts of that means could, during time, turn into semanticized. the character, paths, and mechanisms of diachronic feel alterations of the suitable sort, in addition to the motivations for them, are mentioned in a few aspect. the writer combines insights from diverse assets, prominently frame-based semantics, old pragmatics, and Peircean semiotics, to reach at a version of linguistic that means that's either synchronically and diachronically dynamic, for this reason able to integrating constitution and utilization. As a case examine, the synchronic makes use of and diachronic evolution of the enormously polyfunctional French phasal adverbs deja ('already'), encore ('still/yet'), toujours ('still'), and enfin ('finally') are analyzed in a few aspect, with specific realization being paid to the semantic vs pragmatic nature of a few of the makes use of of this stuff. The booklet might be of curiosity to lexical semanticists, pragmaticians, ancient linguists, functional/cognitive linguists, discourse analysts, and semioticians.

Show description

Read or Download Particles at the Semantics Pragmatics in PDF

Similar semantics books

Particles at the Semantics Pragmatics in

The significant goal of this examine is to clarify the character of the semantics / pragmatics contrast in either synchrony and diachrony. the writer proposes a definition of semantics and pragmatics that's orthogonal to the query of truth-conditionality, and discusses the prestige of varied different types of that means with recognize to this definition.

Secondary Predication and Adverbial Modification: The Typology of Depictives

This is often the 1st ebook to procedure depictive secondary predication - a sizzling subject in syntax and semantics examine - from a crosslinguistic point of view. It maps out all of the suitable phenomena and brings jointly serious surveys and new contributions on their morphosyntactic and semantic homes.

Language, Thought and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf

The pioneering linguist Benjamin Whorf (1897--1941) grasped the courting among human language and human considering: how language can form our innermost ideas. His easy thesis is that our conception of the realm and our methods of pondering it are deeply inspired through the constitution of the languages we converse.

Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning

This instruction manual includes, in 3 volumes, an in-depth presentation of the cutting-edge in linguistic semantics from a wide selection of views. It includes 112 articles written via major students from worldwide. those articles current exact, but available, introductions to key concerns, together with the research of particular semantic different types and structures, the historical past of semantic study, theories and theoretical frameworks, method, and relationships with similar fields; furthermore, they provide specialist counsel on subject matters of discussion in the box, at the strengths and weaknesses of current theories, and at the most probably instructions for the longer term improvement of semantic learn.

Additional info for Particles at the Semantics Pragmatics in

Sample text

He’s even studied Sanskrit. A clause containing a little N, on the other hand, will have the same overall direction as, but be rhetorically weaker than, one containing much N. Note, however, that as Ducrot (1970: 26) points out, a little N also differs crucially from little N in that the scale it forms together with much N is a logical entailment scale: thus, I have a little money is both logically compatible with, and entailed by, I have much money, but, as already observed, use of the former, weaker, expression carries a generalized conversational implicature to the effect that the speaker does not vouch for the truth of the stronger expression.

I had breakfast just an hour ago… But they do look good, so what the heck! Thus, GCI and PCI are alike in being calculable via use of the Cooperative Principle and the maxims, but there is an essential difference between them, which may make it appear as if GCI were actually part of the coded meaning of utterances: whereas PCI require very specific kinds of context in order to go through (hence the term “particularized”), GCI rather require very specific kinds of context (including contexts like (60), where the speaker actively takes pains to cancel the implicature) in order to be defeated (hence the term “generalized”).

The result of carrying out the set of semantic instructions given by an utterance will be a mental representation of what the hearer takes the speaker’s intended meaning to be. Speaker’s meaning being a pragmatic notion, the form that such representations take can only be constrained, and not actually fully determined, by the instructions provided by semantics. This is both synchronically and diachronically an advantage of the instructional approach, because it explains how language – though finite in nature – provides a means for conceptualizing and communicating novel experiences, as well as potentially infinite variations on previous experiences.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.30 of 5 – based on 39 votes