Publication details [#5651]

Kock, Christian. 1978. Gumshoe English: Raymond Chandler and presupposition failure. Papers from the Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics 4 : 301–306.
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Language as a subject


Based on P. Harder and C. Kock (1976: 'The theory of presupposition failure'), this paper characterizes the tough talk (so-called Gumshoe English) of a Philip Marlowe in terms of presupposition failure. K. points out the hero's 'immersion' in a cynical subculture and his (partly subconscious) routines to hide his moral and emotive self.