On the semantics/pragmatics distinction

Synthese 165 (3):373 - 384 (2008)
This paper addresses two questions: what is the distinction between semantics and pragmatics? And why is this distinction important? These questions are discussed in light of the central explanatory goal of linguistics and in relation to the phenomenon of context sensitivity, as illustrated by relational words with implicit arguments and by so-called quantifier domain restriction. It is concluded that context sensitivity is, in the former case, grammatical or lexical and, in the latter case, neither.
Keywords Ambiguity  Anaphora  Circumstance of utterance  Circumstance of evaluation  Context sensitivity  Co-text  Deixis  Implicit argument  Pragmatics  Quantifier domain restriction  Quantified noun phrases
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