Date: Fri, 7 Oct 1994 09:27:48 -0500 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: Re: Name that syntagm >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. >Dennis Preston ><22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]> Well, other Dennis, I don't think indirect speech act is narrow enough for this particular phenomenon. True, it is that, but it is also more. At least we have a code. But has anybody got the secret decoder ring? (the real) Dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801