Presupposition and accommodation

Jacopo Romoli, Uli Sauerland

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    A basic discovery of research in semantics, pragmatics and their interface is that the meaning of an utterance is not always a single, unified whole, but can be divided into different components of meaning. This chapter addresses one such division: the division between presupposed and asserted content. Whether this division aligns with that of semantics and pragmatics is a matter of controversy, with some theories pulling presuppositions more towards the semantic side while others consider them more as part of the pragmatic realm. 1 All theories of presuppositions, however, involve some combination of semantic and pragmatic elements in their account, making the presupposed/asserted content distinction one of the most emblematic phenomena of the semantic/pragmatic interface.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of pragmatics
    EditorsAnne Barron, Yueguo Gu, Gerard Steen
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9781317362579
    ISBN (Print)9780415531412
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge handbooks in applied linguistics


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