What Do We Talk About When We Talk?

Speculative grammar and the semantics and pragmatics of focus

ISBN 9789027225139 | EUR 68.00 | USD 102.00
ISBN 9789027280824 | EUR 68.00 | USD 102.00
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This monograph deals with the ‘aboutness’ of language. First, the sense in which language ‘is about’ or ‘reflects’ both reality and a mental picture of reality is turned into a cornerstone of a reflectionist or ‘Speculative Grammarian’ semantics and pragmatics. Second, the ‘Speculative Grammar’ idea is made concrete in a logico-linguistic account of the way language ‘is about’ the whole of reality as well as about certain fractions of it. Third, the reflectionist perspective is used for a universalist account of the way speech acts ‘are about’ their subjects, topics, and foci.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, II:3] 1981.  vi, 122 pp.
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Cited by 2 other publications

Sperber, Dan & Ira A. Noveck
2004. Introduction. In Experimental Pragmatics,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Swiggers, Pierre
1986. Semiotics in the Low Countries. In The Semiotic Sphere,  pp. 343 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  81189392 | Marc record