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This paper has two goals. First, it defends my circumbounded analysis for scalar quantifiers most (Ariel, 2004) and some , according to which the upper bound is lexically specified. Based on new questionnaire results, I here argue against discourse-based counter-arguments against the...
Lexical pragmatics studies the processes by which lexically encoded meanings are modified in use; well-studied examples include lexical narrowing, approximation and metaphorical extension. Relevance theorists have been trying to develop a unitary account on which narrowing, approximation and...
The goal of the paper is to show that relevance theory provides a theoretically sound framework for describing properties of expressions traditionally known as hedges in a consistent manner. In relevance-theoretic terms, hedges may be regarded as special linguistic expressions developed to guide...
This paper is concerned with wh-interrogative clauses in which the imperative verbal mood occurs. According to some authors (cf. in particular Lohnstein, 2000; Chiba, 2009), such constructions are ill-formed. Lohnstein offers a semantic account (based on his theory of sentence mood ) ruling out...
This paper critically revisits the recent volume entitled “Intercultural Pragmatics” by Istvan Kecskes in the context of the Gricean notions which offer bedrock assumptions for a number of postulates put forward by the author. Attention is paid to the Gricean view of the Cooperative Principle,...
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