Date: Tue, 11 Oct 1994 04:36:07 -0700 From: James Beniger 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. > Dennis Preston > <22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]> >