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Four Potential Meanings of Double Negation

The Pragmatics of nicht un-Constructions

Laura Neuhaus

Conventionalisation Van der Wouden (1996: 163) observes that “many litotetic expressions are subject to fossilization or grammaticalization. […] Cases such as not bad , it is beyond doubt […] have developed into fixed clichés or idioms.” Theories of conventionalised or lexicalised metaphors abound (for an

Madeleine Arseneault

is remote from the relevant subject, it is a form of speech that is usually used in such cases, and so the same kind of implicature arises in other contexts of use: if you say “he stopped his car in front of a house”, you have implicated that it is not his house. This kind of example illustrates how

Ewa Wałaszewska

exemplars of the category dog , which can be illustrated with Rosch’s (1975: 198) opinion presented in the instructions for subjects during one of her experiments: “To me a retriever or a German shepherd is a very doggy dog while a Pekinese is a less doggy dog”. Such an understanding of hedges goes back to

The affordances and constraints of situation and genre

Visual and multimodal rhetoric in unusual traffic signs

Charles Forceville and Jens E. Kjeldsen

response advanced by the rhetorical agent. In fact elements (1) and (2) suffice to function as visual equivalents of speech acts , specifically those of “warning,” “forbidding,” and “instructing.” The silhouettes (if present) in element (3) depict the subject or focus of a traffic sign’s specific

Monika Kopytowska

concept of news is strongly related to the notions of “deviance” and “social significance”, which is highlighted in Shoemaker and Cohen’s claim that: [a]lthough news is a manufactured product and is subject to a wide-ranging set of influences (Shoemaker and Reese 1996), the basic form from

Edgar Onea and Anna Volodina

Papers in Linguistics 49 : 91 - 136 . Romero , Maribel . 2005 . Concealed questions and specifi cational subjects . Linguistics & Philosophy 28 : 687 - 737 . Stalnaker , Robert . 1973 . Presuppositions . Journal of Philosophical Logic 2 : 447 - 457 . 32 E. Onea and A. Volodina / International Review

Igor Ž. ŽAgar

relatively high degree of coincidence, but Dickey complains that there is scant literature on the subject, often giving confl icting opinions (the same problem I encountered with my informants and the existing literature). However, there seems to be suffi cient evidence that verba dicendi and social

Mira Ariel

expectations for subject uniformity, as we have when semantic claims are involved. Hence the significant, but not absolute results cited against Horn’s intuitions in this paper. What can we learn from some/most propositions used to support speakers’ arguments then? It turns out that we can learn a lot

Manuel Padilla Cruz

such as Ah! or Oh! would respec- tively give access to a concept such as SURPRISE or DISAPPOINT MENT and a very general propositional schema such as “I feel X” with a slot for a fi rst person singular subject (Wierzbicka 1991 , 1992). In turn, calls of alert such as Psst! or Eh! would also index a

Peter W. Culicover

which is a wh -relative, the one with that is a that -relative, and the one with nothing in initial position before the subject (marked here as ∅) is a zero-relative. (1) a book you should read Jaeger and Tily (2011) found the more predictable that is in a