What Do We Talk About When We Talk?

Speculative grammar and the semantics and pragmatics of focus

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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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Table of Contents
0. Introduction
1
1. Speculative Grammar
3
1.0. Introduction
3
1.1. Ontology
4
1.2. Philosophy of mind
6
1.3. Semantics versus pragmatics
20
1.4. An objection and a truism
31
2. Focus and logic
35
2.0. Introduction
35
2.1. Logic and reflection
35
2.2. Logic and focus
54
3. Focus and subject-topic research
67
3.1. Introduction
67
3.2. Focus and its linguistic reflection
69
3.3. A-SF languages
76
3.4. P-SF languages
90
3.5. PF-SF languages
97
3.6. General conclusion
102
Footnotes
103
References
111
Subjects

Linguistics

Pragmatics
Semantics
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  81189392
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Sperber, Dan & Ira A. Noveck
2004.  In Experimental Pragmatics,  pp. 1 ff. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230524125_1

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