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.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge handbook of pragmatics|
|Editors||Anne Barron, Yueguo Gu, Gerard Steen|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Name||Routledge handbooks in applied linguistics|