Thorstein Fretheim

List of John Benjamins publications for which Thorstein Fretheim plays a role.


Pragmatic Markers and Propositional Attitude

Edited by Gisle Andersen and Thorstein Fretheim

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 79] 2000. viii, 273 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Semantics | Typology

Reference and Referent Accessibility

Edited by Thorstein Fretheim and Jeanette K. Gundel

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 38] 1996. xii, 312 pp.
Subjects Pragmatics


Adopting the basic tenets of relevance theory, Powell (2010) introduces the concept of derivational intention as something separate from a speaker’s informative intention. The derivational intention of a speaker is an intention concerning the pragmatically inferred route that the hearer should take… read more | Article
Gundel, Jeanette K. and Thorstein Fretheim. 2009. Information structure. Grammar, Meaning and Pragmatics, Brisard, Frank, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 146–160
Fretheim, Thorstein and Nana Aba Appiah Amfo. 2008. 'Abroad' and semantically related terms in some European languages and in Akan (Ghana). Languages and Cultures in Contrast and Comparison, Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Elsa M. González Álvarez (eds.), pp. 173–191
The reference of the English word abroad used as a predicate or as an adverbial adjunct can be determined in one of two ways. Depending on contextual evidence, a token of abroad in a discourse must be processed either as an anaphor with the meaning ‘away from the subject referent’s country’ or as a… read more | Article
Fretheim, Thorstein and Nana Aba Appiah Amfo. 2008. Reference, determiners and descriptive content. Essays on Nominal Determination: From morphology to discourse management, Høeg Müller, Henrik and Alex Klinge (eds.), pp. 337–364
This paper starts out arguing that Gundel et al.’s claim that whatever a demonstrative can do, a definite article can do equally well is in need of revision. Then, against the tenor of Gundel et al.’s Givenness Hierarchy model, we postulate a univocal lexical meaning for determiners and… read more | Article
Fretheim, Thorstein. 2007. ‘Switch-polarity’ anaphora in English and Norwegian. The Grammar–Pragmatics Interface: Essays in honor of Jeanette K. Gundel, Hedberg, Nancy and Ron Zacharski (eds.), pp. 217–243
Fretheim, Thorstein, Stella Boateng and Ildikó Vaskó. 2003. Then — adverbial pro-form or inference particle? A comparative study of English, Ewe, Hungarian, and Norwegian. Meaning Through Language Contrast: Volume 2, Jaszczolt, Katarzyna M. and Ken Turner (eds.), pp. 51–74
Gundel, Jeanette K. and Thorstein Fretheim. 2003. Information structure. Handbook of Pragmatics: 2002 Installment, Verschueren, Jef, Jan-Ola Östman, Jan Blommaert † and Chris Bulcaen (eds.), pp. 1–17
The English temporal adverb again and the corresponding adverb igjen in Norwegian are words which do not encode a concept but rather an instruction to the audience to let the inferential phase of their comprehension process be guided by a specific contextual assumption. These adverbs have a… read more | Article
Andersen, Gisle and Thorstein Fretheim. 2000. Introduction. Pragmatic Markers and Propositional Attitude, Andersen, Gisle and Thorstein Fretheim (eds.), pp. 1 ff.
Fretheim, Thorstein. 2000. Procedural encoding of propositional attitude in Norwegian conditional clauses. Pragmatic Markers and Propositional Attitude, Andersen, Gisle and Thorstein Fretheim (eds.), pp. 53 ff.
Fretheim, Thorstein. 1996. Accessing Contexts with Intonation. Reference and Referent Accessibility, Fretheim, Thorstein and Jeanette K. Gundel (eds.), pp. 89 ff.
Fretheim, Thorstein. 1987. 21. Pragmatics and intonation. The Pragmatic Perspective: Selected papers from the 1985 International Pragmatics Conference, Verschueren, Jef and Marcella Bertuccelli Papi (eds.), pp. 395 ff.