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Pragmatics of Focus  

Jon Scott Stevens

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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

Pragmatics and Intonation  

Brady Clark

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Subject:
Pragmatics
Intonation impacts pragmatic meaning. A range of empirical evidence shows that the pragmatic functions of intonation are specifiable. The dimensions of meaning impacted by intonation ... 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

Game Theory in Pragmatics: Evolution, Rationality, and Reasoning  

Michael Franke

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Mar 2017
Game theory provides formal means of representing and explaining action choices in social decision situations where the choices of one participant depend on the choices of another. Game ... More

Evaluatives in Morphology  

Nicola Grandi

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Mar 2017
Evaluative morphology is a field of linguistic studies that deals with the formation of diminutives, augmentatives, pejoratives, and amelioratives. Actually, evaluative constructions cross ... More

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

Conversation Analysis  

Jack Sidnell

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Mar 2016
Conversation analysis is an approach to the study of social interaction and talk-in-interaction that, although rooted in the sociological study of everyday life, has exerted significant ... More

Politeness in Pragmatics  

Dániel Z. Kádár

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Mar 2017
Politeness comprises linguistic and non-linguistic behavior through which people indicate that they take others’ feelings of how they should be treated into account. Politeness comes into ... More

Meanings of Constructions  

Laura A. Michaelis

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Mar 2017
Meanings are assembled in various ways in a construction-based grammar, and this array can be represented as a continuum of idiomaticity, a gradient of lexical fixity. Constructional ... 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

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