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Query Details


Query Subject:   Semantic meaning vs. Pragmatic meaning
Author:   Arash Golzari
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics

Query:   Greetings,

I am working on meaning reception in discourse. I was wondering if it is
possible to understand and analyze the pragmatic meaning of a phrase or
sentence before its semantic meaning. Could you please help me on this?

Your consideration is highly appreciated,

Arash Golzari
Azad University of Karaj, Iran
LL Issue: 18.1463
Date posted: 14-May-2007



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