David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Linguistics and Philosophy 31 (6):671-724 (2008)
This paper considers the meaning and use of the English particle man . It is shown that the particle does quite different things when it appears in sentence-initial and sentence-final position; the first use involves expression of an emotional attitude as well as, on a particular intonation, intensification; this use is analyzed using a semantics for degree predicates along with a separate dimension for the expressive aspect. Further restrictions on modification with the sentence-initial particle involving monotonicity and evidence are introduced and analyzed. The sentence-final use can be viewed as strengthening the action performed by the sentence. A formal semantics is given by making use of dynamic techniques and, in a sense, dynamically simulating the modification of certain speech acts. Some empirical and theoretical extensions of the analyses are proposed and some consequences discussed.
|Keywords||Particles Degrees Intensification Definiteness Evidentiality Acquaintance Dynamic semantics Speech acts Modal subordination Expressive content Conventional implicature|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Eric McCready (2012). Emotive Equilibria. Linguistics and Philosophy 35 (3):243-283.
Similar books and articles
Jessica Rett (2011). Exclamatives, Degrees and Speech Acts. Linguistics and Philosophy 34 (5):411-442.
Dale Jacquette (2007). Denying The Liar. Polish Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):91-98.
Arnim von Stechow & Thomas Ede Zimmermann (2005). A Problem for a Compositional Treatment of de Re Attitudes. In Greg N. Carlson & Francis Jeffry Pelletier (eds.), Reference and Quantification: The Partee Effect. Csli.
Kent Bach (2005). Context Ex Machina. In Zoltán Gendler Szabó (ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. 15--44.
Prof A. V. Kravchenko & Dr J. B. Zelberg, Complex Sentence as a Structure for Representing Knowledge.
Markus Schrenk (2008). Verificationist Theory of Meaning. In U. Windhorst, M. Binder & N. Hirowaka (eds.), Encyclopaedic Reference of Neuroscience. Springer.
Uwe Reyle, Antje Rossdeutscher & Hans Kamp (2007). Ups and Downs in the Theory of Temporal Reference. Linguistics and Philosophy 30 (5):565-635.
Added to index2009-04-27
Total downloads82 ( #23,538 of 1,696,233 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #177,966 of 1,696,233 )
How can I increase my downloads?