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1. Valandis Bardzokas ,
Causality and Connectives: A study on Modern Greek 'γiati' and 'epeiδi'
Message 1: Causality and Connectives: A study on Modern Greek 'γiati' and 'epeiδi'
From: Valandis Bardzokas <valandis.bardzokasgmail.com>
Subject: Causality and Connectives: A study on Modern Greek 'γiati' and 'epeiδi'
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Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010
Author: Valandis Bardzokas
Dissertation Title: Causality and Connectives: A study on Modern Greek 'γiati' and 'epeiδi'
Subject Language(s): Greek (ell)
The current thesis undertakes a pragmatic exploration of the finely-grained
distinctions in meaning between the two prototypical causal subordinators
in Modern Greek with the widest range of application in discourse: 'γiati'
and 'epeiδi'. By way of reaction to the problems besetting the
implementation of the Gricean model of meaning analysis in the causal
investigation conducted and, also, in acknowledgment of the requirement for
a more cognitively realistic orientation of pragmatic analysis, an
alternative view is offered in terms of the versatile, as it turns out,
methodological apparatus that relevance theory seems to afford in the
interest of detailed descriptions of meaning. The present description of
causal meaning relies on the major distinction in interpretation that has
been designed in this framework as a point of reference in classifications
of discourse markers, i.e. conceptual vs. procedural encoding, and has been
regularly employed in this direction in the relevant literature. In this
line of argumentation, it is shown that, contrary to expectations based on
first impressions, the two connectives under scrutiny are not
interchangeable in context. Rather, it transpires from a range of
contextual uses that 'epeiδi' represents the marker of causality par
excellence encoding conceptual relations between propositionally explicit
clauses, while 'γiati' serves as a multi-functional marker that can act
either conceptually or procedurally, though in mutually exclusive terms.
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