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Semantics and pragmatics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2008 (English)In: Linguistics Applied, ISSN 1689-7765, Vol. 1, no 1, 29-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Christina Alm-Arvius

English Department,

Stockholm University

SE106 91 Stockholm

Sweden

Christina.Alm-Arvius@English.su.se

http://www.english.su.se/

 

 

Semantics and Pragmatics

 

Abstract:

Meanings in natural language use can be either systematic or incidental, but all the same it does not appear possible to identify a set of consistent and non-contradictory criteria for distinguishing two general contrasting meaning categories termed semantics and pragmatics respectively. Instead the most valid theoretical description seems to be to include any possible meanings of a language, or its use, in the qualitative notion of semantics, and, in addition, recognise the occurrence of incidental pragmatic meaning variations and additions. In other words, semantics is the wider or superordinate category, encompassing all and any language meanings, while pragmatics is a smaller, subordinate category, including only situationally induced or personally variable meaning aspects.

 

Key words: deixis, implicatures, pragmatics, presuppositions, reference, semantics, semantics of understanding, speech acts, truth-conditional semantics

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bydgoszcz, Poland: University of Kazimierz Wielki Press , 2008. Vol. 1, no 1, 29-36 p.
Keyword [en]
deixis, implicatures, pragmatics, presuppositions, reference, semantics, semantics of understanding, speech acts, truth-conditional semantics
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-36983DiVA: diva2:291552
Available from: 2010-02-02 Created: 2010-02-02 Last updated: 2011-02-08Bibliographically approved

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