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Title: Seduction, Community, Speech
Subtitle: A Festschrift for Herman Parret
Edited By: Frank Brisard
Michael Meeuwis
Bart Vandenabeele
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20127
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 127

This volume unites various contributions reflecting the intellectual interests exhibited by Professor Herman Parret (Institute of Philosophy,
Leuven), who has continued to observe, and often critically assess, ongoing developments in pragmatics throughout his career. In fact, Parret’s contributions to philosophical and empirical/linguistic pragmatics present substantive proposals in the epistemics of communication, while simultaneously offering meta-comments on the ideological premises of extant pragmatic analyses. In a lengthy introduction, an overview is provided of his achievements in promoting an integrated, "maximalist" pragmatics, as well as of the links between his own work in philosophy of language and in semiotics and aesthetics. The remaining 12 essays address relevant pragmatic themes or look into the relation between pragmatics and neighboring disciplines. They deal with grammatical deixis (Brisard,
Ikegami) and mood (van der Auwera & Schalley), performativity (Harnish,
Holdcroft), speech-act types and their praxeological dimensions (Roulet,
Van Overbeke), Wittgensteinian language games (Marques, Parisi), cultural and intercultural identities (Vandenabeele, Verschueren), and the visual arts (Wildgen).

Table of contents

Introduction: Mind the gap: Pragmatics and cognition today
Frank Brisard 1–18

Selected books and articles by Herman Parret in philosophy of language and pragmatics 19–22

1. Pragmatics (standard and not so standard) 23

Ordinaty time
Frank Brisard 25–41

Performatives as constatives vs. declarations: Some recent issues
Robert M. Harnish 43–59
'First/ second vs. third person' and ' first vs. second/ third person': Two types of 'linguistic subjectivity'
Yoshihiko Ikegami 61–73

De la nécessité de prendre en compte la dimension praxéologique à tous les niveaux de l'organisation des discours
Eddy Roulet 75–86

From optative and subjunctive to irrealis
Johan Van der Auwera and Ewa Schalley 87–96

uand dire, c'est "faire rire aux dépens": Notes sur l'ironie
Maurits Van Overbeke 97–113
...& beyond: Art, mind, and community 115

Pragmatics and evolution
David Holdcroft 117–127

Expressive language games
Antonio Marques 129–138

Language as pragmatics: Studying meaning with simulated language games
Domenico Parisi 139–149

Sharing...But why a language or world?
Bart Vandenabeele 151–170

Identity as denial of diversity
Jef Verschueren 171–181

Conceptual innovation in art: Three case studies on Leonardo da Vinci,
William Turner, and Henry Moore
Wolfgang Wildgen 183–196

Index 197–200

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115577
ISBN-13: 9781588115577
Pages: vi, 202 pp.
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Pages: vi, 202 pp.
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