Semantic/Pragmatic Analyses of ''Understand''
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I am researching the cognitive verb UNDERSTAND in English and
other languages such as French.
I am particularly interested in sentences in which understand takes the
WH-word why, plus a clausal object complement like the following:
1. I understand why John V/Ved…
2. I do not understand why John V/Ved…
I am interested in semantic/pragmatic/discourse-analysis analyses
which explain the information not expressed and pointed to by why,
which seems to be crucial for sentences like 1 and 2 to make sense.
Or, rather, the cogitator in 1 and 2 is only being truthful if his use of
why points to a set of reasons which allow him to understand a
As I said before, I would appreciate any information regarding the verb
understand of the WH-word why.
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