Publication details [#9789]

Voegelin, C.F., F.M. Voegelin, Akira Y. Yamamoto and F.Y. Yamamoto. 1977. Presuppositional culture spaces. Anthropological Linguistics 19 (7) : 320–353.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject


With reference to Japanese, the role of knowledge about the sociocultural context in conversation is discussed; such knowledge is called a presuppositional culture space. It is suggested that pragmatic presuppositions, which may be signalled by parts of a surface sentence or a complete surface sentence, have to do with the appropriateness of a sentence in a context and that they subsume logical presuppositions.