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LINGUIST List 19.3232

Fri Oct 24 2008

Diss: Pragmatics: Chiou: 'NP-Anaphora in Modern Greek: A neo-...'

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        1.    Michael Chiou, NP-Anaphora in Modern Greek: A neo-Gricean pragmatic approach

Message 1: NP-Anaphora in Modern Greek: A neo-Gricean pragmatic approach
Date: 24-Oct-2008
From: Michael Chiou <mchiou1234gmail.com>
Subject: NP-Anaphora in Modern Greek: A neo-Gricean pragmatic approach
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Institution: University of Reading
Program: Department of Linguistic Science
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Michael Chiou

Dissertation Title: NP-Anaphora in Modern Greek: A neo-Gricean pragmatic approach

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Greek (ell)

Dissertation Director:
Yan Huang
Irene Philippaki-Warburton

Dissertation Abstract:

This study examines the phenomenon of NP-anaphora with the main focus on
Modern Greek. By maintaining the empirical benefits of the classical
generative approach to binding, in this thesis we propose a partial
pragmatic reduction of the interpretation of NP-anaphora in Modern Greek in
terms of the neo-Gricean pragmatic principles of communication.

The proposed analysis is articulated on the following basis: it will be
argued that the choice of anaphoric expressions and their interpretation by
Greek speakers and addresses respectively, can be accounted for by an
apparatus based on the systematic interaction of the neo-Gricean pragmatic
principles. These principles will predict the preferred interpretation of
NPs. Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that we do not aim at a
wholesale pragmatic reduction. On the contrary, this work proposes a model
based on the division of labour between syntax and pragmatics.

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