Date: Tue, 11 Oct 1994 04:36:07 -0700
From: James Beniger beniger[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RCF.USC.EDU
Subject: Re: Name that syntagm
Relevant true story: At a major international conference, a pompous
speaker droned on and on to a packed crowd. After what seemed an
eternity, he finally built to his point, declaring: "In English, for
example, there is not a single example of a double positive which means
its negative." At this point, the noted Princeton philosopher, Saul
Kripke, rose from his seat near the back of the audience and shouted;
"SURE, SURE!" The speaker has not been seen much since.
-- Jim Beniger
University of Southern California
On Fri, 7 Oct 1994, Dennis.Preston wrote:
The term you are looking for (or at least one of them), when the compositional
semantics does not add up to the pragmatic meaning (or illocutionary force) is
indirect speech act. When one finds these (and even direct speech acts and
other matters misinterpreted cross-linguistically, the generally agreed upon
area of study appears to be interlanguage pragmatics.
This ought to convince people that there are linguists out there. At least we
have a code.
22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msu.edu