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Offline gp256

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what would you consider as "extra-pragmatical"
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:04:38 AM »
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I'm interested in phenomena which are classified as non-semantic exclusively, but also non-pragmatic exclusively, meaning they could be explained using the two fields. one example I have is "Politeness" - which is sometimes inference-based, sometimes code-based, but is usually based on social norms and therefore not pragmatic per-se. Are you familiar with any more examples?

Offline Daniel

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Re: what would you consider as "extra-pragmatical"
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 04:00:04 PM »
Meaning can either be encoded directly (semantics) or interpreted in context (pragmatics). I'm not sure what you mean by a label like "extra-pragmatical".

If you're talking about something that is beyond pragmatics (as that label would suggest), then it's hard to imagine what that would mean. If you're talking about something between semantics and pragmatics (as I think I understood from your description), then you could call that the "semantics-pragmatics interface" and arguably all meaning is interpreted in that way.

Some phenomena are more clearly semantic, and some more clearly pragmatic (though drawing the line between the two can be challenging and full interpretation of meaning usually uses both). But some phenomena seem to involve both, such as indexicals like "I" or "yesterday", which are encoded directly but strictly context-dependent for interpretation.

Parallel to your example of politeness, you might be interested also in "discourse markers" which are encoded directly but generally have pragmatically-dependent functions. Or similarly, intonation (e.g., a sarcastic intonation).
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