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By Dr Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

The imperative target 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 assorted sorts of which means with appreciate to this definition. A corollary objective of the examine is to suggest an account of ways and why erstwhile pragmatically-determined components of which means could, during time, develop into semanticized. the character, paths, and mechanisms of diachronic experience alterations of the correct kind, in addition to the motivations for them, are mentioned in a few aspect. the writer combines insights from assorted resources, prominently frame-based semantics, ancient pragmatics, and Peircean semiotics, to reach at a version of linguistic which means that's either synchronically and diachronically dynamic, consequently in a position to integrating constitution and utilization. As a case examine, the synchronic makes use of and diachronic evolution of the tremendously polyfunctional French phasal adverbs deja ('already'), encore ('still/yet'), toujours ('still'), and enfin ('finally') are analyzed in a few aspect, with specific cognizance being paid to the semantic vs pragmatic nature of a few of the makes use of of these things. The booklet might be of curiosity to lexical semanticists, pragmaticians, ancient linguists, functional/cognitive linguists, discourse analysts, and semioticians.

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Yet another type of instruction is that which is expressed in the choice between little and a little in (36)-(37), namely an instruction on how to process the host clause as part of a (possibly implicit) argumentational sequence. That is, linguistic meanings may instruct the addressee on how to reconstruct the intended rhetorical relations between different parts of the discourse, between an utterance and some element of the context, or between an utterance and some inference that the speaker invites him to make.

Fauconnier 1975) have the property of instructing the hearer to understand the concepts marked by them as occupying a given rung on some scale. e. constitute stronger arguments for a contextually given conclusion, than items lower on the scale. Certain items, like even, which are not themselves part of a scale, will do no more than indicate the position of the rung in question, leaving the hearer to identify the relevant scale for himself, with the aid of co(n)text (cf. Kay 1990). The scales evoked by such items are themselves purely pragmatic, ad hoc ones, but the idea that a scale should be reconstructed, and that the item marked (for instance, Sanskrit in (44)) should be construed as occupying a specific rung on it, is a matter of the semantics of the marker used.

For a sentence with the war as subject to be felicitous in this context, it needs to take a form like that in (83), where the war is referred to by a full NP, marking it as a new topic (activated, but not yet in focus, cf. Gundel et al. 1993): (81) (82) (83) He was killed a year later in an enemy air strike. It lasted three years. The war lasted three years. In frame semantic terms, presuppositions are seen as obligatory elements of the frames evoked by certain lexicogrammatical triggers. The fact that they can be explicitly denied, as in (80) above, can be explained by assuming that speakers can choose to deny, not just items in a 19 All three examples, of course, also presuppose both that the proper name George W.

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