Explorations in Semantics and Pragmatics

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The aim of this book is to show the way forward to a coherent view of language in which the achievement of the formalist paradigm is strengthened to the extent that its claims are weakened. A formal theory such as generative grammar is a special theory which is to be subsumed in a general theory of linguistic communication that also includes pragmatics. The tension between the psycho-formalist and the socio-functional views could be resolved in a synthesis whereby both the psychological and social natures of language are fully acknowledged. Semantics and pragmatics, representing these two natures in the study of meaning, have distinct goals, which can be defined more clearly and pursued more effectively to the extent that both their distinctness and their interdependence are recognized.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, I:5]  1980.  viii, 133 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
1
1. Grammar and rhetoric within a functional view of language
9
1.0 Preface
9
1.1 Grammar and rhetoric
9
1.2 Functionalism and formalism
15
1.3 Textual and interpersonal rhetoric
19
1.4 Via media: formalist functionalism
26
2. Natural language as metalanguage
31
2.0 Preface
31
2.1 Introduction
32
2.2 Metalanguage: examples and definitions
33
2.3 The semantic representation of metareference
39
2.4 The problem of direct and indirect speech
46
2.5 The problem of semantic acceptability in reporting sentences
49
2.6 The problem of referential opacity
51
2.7 The problem of presuppositions
56
2.8 Conclusion
57
3. Metalanguage, pragmatics, and performatives
59
3.0 Preface
59
3.1 The performative hypothesis and the pragmatic analysis
60
3.2 Indirect speech and modes of mention
61
3.3 A sketch of the pragmatic analysis
63
3.4 Comparison of the performative hypothesis and the pragmatic analysis
69
3.5 Conclusion
76
4. Language and tact
79
4.0 Preface
79
4.1 Introduction
80
4.2 “Direct and indirect illocutions” versus “sense and force”
82
4.3 Searle's approach compared with the present one
83
4.4 Gordon and Lakoff's conversational postulates
87
4.5 Sadock's ‘extended performative hypothesis’
88
4.6 Relation between sense and force
89
4.7 Explanation of ‘indirectness’ by conversational principles
90
4.8 Recapitulation
95
4.9 The logical form (sense) of a sentence
96
4.10 The pragmatic force of a sentence
99
4.11 Negative politeness
107
4.12 The tact maxim
109
4.13 The hinting strategy
112
4.14 Pragmatic space
114
4.15 Conclusion
116
Footnotes
119
References
129
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Semiotics
Pragmatics
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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