Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology

Irregular Negatives, Implicatures, and Idioms

Authors: Davis, Wayne A.

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  • The first accurate description of the essential features of irregular negations which also identifies new members of the class
  • Offers a new, idiomatic theoretical foundation for ‘metalinguistic’ irregular negations
  • Deploys Davis’s ‘expression theory’ of meaning (2003, 2005) to account for a range of linguistic phenomena
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The author integrates, expands, and deepens his previous publications about irregular (or “metalinguistic”) negations.  A total of ten distinct negatives—several previously unclassified—are analyzed.  The logically irregular negations deny different implicatures of their root.  All are partially non-compositional but completely conventional.
The author argues that two of the irregular negative meanings are implicatures.  The others are semantically rather than pragmatically ambiguous.  Since their ambiguity is neither lexical nor structural, direct irregular negatives satisfy the standard definition of idioms as syntactically complex expressions whose meaning is non-compositional.  Unlike stereotypical idioms, idiomatic negatives lack fixed syntactic forms and are highly compositional.  The final chapter analyzes other “free form” idioms, including irregular interrogatives and comparatives, self-restricted verb phrases, numerical verb phrases, and transparent propositional attitude and speech act reports.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Irregular Negatives, Implicatures, and Idioms
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7546-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7546-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7544-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1376-2
Series ISSN
2214-3807
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 317
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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