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LINGUIST List 16.2044

Thu Jun 30 2005

Qs: Grammars: Spanish; Cancelling Gricean Implicatures

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        1.    You-Jing Lin, Grammars of Spanish
        2.    Emma Borg, Cancelling Gricean Implicatures

Message 1: Grammars of Spanish
Date: 30-Jun-2005
From: You-Jing Lin <youjingumail.ucsb.edu>
Subject: Grammars of Spanish

Dear Linguist List Colleagues,

Does anyone happen to know of any authoritative grammars of Modern Spanish
and of Spanish of the 15th~16th centuries?

I am currently looking at a case in which the Spanish preposition 'para'
seems to have become more grammaticalized after it was borrowed into a
Nahuatl language. While observing the different uses of 'para' in Nahuatl,
I'd also like to trace the development of the preposition in Spanish since
the 15th-16th centuries.It would be really helpful if I could get a hold of
some grammars that provide such information.

Thanks in advance!

You-Jing Lin
Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Message 2: Cancelling Gricean Implicatures
Date: 30-Jun-2005
From: Emma Borg <e.g.n.borgrdg.ac.uk>
Subject: Cancelling Gricean Implicatures

I read somewhere that Generalized Conversational Implicatures can be
cancelled by purely syntactic features; for instance, they are not present
in downward entailing contexts. However, I don't know who discusses this
point or where.

If anyone could let me know who first raised this point, or where it has
been subsequently discussed, I'd be very grateful.

Emma Borg
Philosophy Department
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AA

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

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