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Quotation and Truth-Conditional Pragmatics

1st Edition

By Xiaofei Wang


176 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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In the past decades, quotation theories have developed roughly along three lines—quotation types, meaning effects, and theoretical orientations toward the semantics/pragmatics distinction. Currently, whether the quoted expression is truth-conditionally relevant to the quotational sentence, and if there is a truth-conditional impact, whether it is generated via semantic or pragmatic processes, have become the central concerns of quotation studies.

In this book, quotation is clearly defined for the first time as a constituent embedded within yet distinctive from the quotational sentence. Also, as the first monograph to address the semantics/pragmatics boundary dispute over quotation, it argues that the semantic content of quotation amounts to its contribution to the intuitive truth-conditional content of the quotational utterance via two modes of presentation, which are incarnated in the functioning of quotation marks and manifested as use and mention. The use/mention-based analysis in this book can shed light on the semantic theorizing of other metalinguistic phenomena, while the semantics/pragmatics perspective will provide methodological implications for other relevant studies.

The new conception of quotation and thought-provoking analysis on use/mention, truth-conditional pragmatics, and the semantics/pragmatics boundary in this book will appeal to scholars and students in philosophy of language and linguistics. It will also serve as a clear guide to the current state of quotation studies and how to formulate a semantic theory of quotation.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Abbreviations Chapter 1 Quotation and Use/Mention Chapter 2 Classic Theories of Quotation Chapter 3 Quotation and the Semantics/Pragmatics Boundary Dispute Chapter 4 Truth-Conditional Pragmatics Chapter 5 A TCP-Informed Semantic Theory of Quotation Chapter 6 A Trichotomous Construal of the Mention-Dimension of Quotation Chapter 7 A Trichotomous Conception of the Use-Dimension of Quotation Chapter 8 Toward Integration of the Two Trichotomies for a Semantic Theory of Quotation Chapter 9 Conclusion References. Index

About the Author

Xiaofei Wang is an associate professor of linguistics at the University of Electronic Science and Engineering of China. Her research interests include truth-conditional pragmatics and the semantics/pragmatics boundary dispute.

About the Series

Frontiers in Applied Linguistics

Frontiers in Applied Linguistics

Frontiers in Applied Linguistics focuses on the development of applied linguistics in the Chinese speaking world. Although extensive researches have been carried out in the field of applied linguistics, most studies have primarily concentrated on Indo-European speakers. This series is expected to fill the void. Each volume in the series will address different issues, and strike a balance between methodological and theoretical discussion on empirical researches into applied linguistics in the Chinese context.


About the Series Editor:

Kaibao Hu is a professor of Translation studies and dean of the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His main research interests are translation studies, corpus-based translation studies and language contact. Professor Hu is the author of the Historical Text of English-Chinese Dictionaries and the Evolution of the Chinese Language (Shanghai Yiwen Press, 2005), An Introduction to Corpus-based Translation Studies (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2011), A Corpus-based Study of the Chinese-English Conference Interpreting (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2015), and Introducing Corpus-based Translation Studies (Springer, 2015), etc.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics