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Fri Dec 20 2002

Books: Pragmatics/Semantics: Sachiko Shudo

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  1. jleppig, Presupposition & Discourse Functions of the Japanese Particle "mo"

Message 1: Presupposition & Discourse Functions of the Japanese Particle "mo"

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 15:35:19 +0000
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Subject: Presupposition & Discourse Functions of the Japanese Particle "mo"

Title: Presupposition & Discourse Functions of the Japanese Particle "mo"
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Author: Sachiko Shudo, Sophia University, Japan 
Hardback: ISBN: 0415941679, Pages: 240, Price: $70.00


Do presupposition-triggers just trigger presupposition? In analyzing
the semantic and pragmatic constraints on the Japanese particle mo,
roughly equivalent to the English too, this book shows how the complex
mechanism of the constraints accounts for its discourse function, that
is, how it enables the hearer to process the sentence to achieve more
effectively the speaker's intended discourse interpretation. It
provides a model to explain how the presupposition of a linguistic
form and its discourse function are related to each other. In doing
so, it introduces the notion of 'contextual relevance', the relation
between a proposition and the context, and models this notion in the
case of mo - incorporating the requirement that the proposition of a
mo sentence and the context have a common entailment with contextual
relevance. The monosemous account of mo also explains how the
particle sometimes generates the meaning of even when the context
involves scalar expect! ation. By combining semantic and pragmatic
analyses, this book shows how the constraints on the usage of a
linguistic form reveal the contribution of the form to the
presupposition of the sentence and to its discourse interpretation.


Subject Language(s): Japanese (Language code: JPN)
Areal Regions: East Asian

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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