Mixed Quotation: The Grammar of Apparently Transparent OpacityMaier, E., 13-May-2014, In : Semantics and Pragmatics. 7, 67 p., 7.
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The phenomenon of mixed quotation exhibits clear signs of both the apparent transparency of compositional language use and the opacity of pure quotation. I argue that the interpretation of a mixed quotation in- volves the resolution of a metalinguistic presupposition. The leading idea behind my proposal is that a mixed-quoted expression, say, “has an anomalous feature”, means what x referred to with the words ‘has an anomalous feature’. To understand how this solves the paradox, I set up a precise grammatical framework, explicitly connecting various levels of linguistic analysis: phonological forms, categorial syntax, and a dynamic picture of the semantics–pragmatics interface. In this framework I formalize and evaluate a presuppositional account of mixed quotation. Finally, I address the phenomenon of unquotation and argue that it is an essential ingredient for an elegant and empirically adequate analysis of mixed quotation in natural language.
|Number of pages||67|
|Journal||Semantics and Pragmatics|
|Publication status||Published - 13-May-2014|
- metalinguistic reference, mixed quotation; unquotation, opacity, compositionality, syntax–semantics interface, presupposition
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