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Pragmatics and Language Evolution  

Marieke Woensdregt and Kenny Smith

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Mar 2017
Pragmatics is the branch of linguistics that deals with language use in context. It looks at the meaning linguistic utterances can have beyond their literal meaning (implicature), and also ... More

Pragmatics of Focus  

Jon Scott Stevens

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Subject:
Pragmatics
Generally speaking, ‘focus’ refers to the portion of an utterance which is especially informative or important within the context, and which is marked as such via some linguistic means. It ... More

Semantic Change  

Elizabeth Closs Traugott

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Mar 2017
Traditional approaches to semantic change typically focus on outcomes of meaning change and list types of change such as metaphoric and metonymic extension, broadening and narrowing, and ... More

Speech Acts  

Mitchell Green

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Subject:
Pragmatics
Speech acts are acts that can, but need not, be carried out by saying and meaning that one is doing so. Many view speech acts as the central units of communication, with phonological, ... More

Theme  

Eva Hajičová

In the linguistic literature, the term theme has several interpretations, one of which relates to discourse analysis and two others to sentence structure. In a more general (or global) ... More

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