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Academic Paper

Title: Markers of general interpretive use in Amharic and Swahili
Author: Steve Nicolle
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Institution: Canada Institute of Linguistics
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics
Subject Language: Amharic
Abstract: The analyses proposed in this paper for certain particles in Amharic and Swahili invoke the relevance theoretic notions of interpretive use and procedural meaning. I demonstrate that natural languages may encode procedural constraints on the identification of general interpretative use as well as on the identification of specific types of interpretive use, such as questions and exclamations. I also demonstrate how a particle which encodes general interpretive use may be used to constrain the identification of a specific type of interpretive use, and conversely how a particle which encodes a constraint on the identification of a specific type of interpretive use may be used to indicate other types of interpretive use. In both cases, the information encoded by the particle interacts with information encoded through intonation to achieve the intended effect.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: G. Andersen & T. Fretheim (eds.) Pragmatic Markers and Propositional Attitude, 173-188. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series 79.)

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