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Title: A Tautology is a Tautology
Paper URL: http://www.enl.uoa.gr/~shoidas
Author: Spyros Hoidas
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Homepage: www.enl.uoa.gr/~shoidas
Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics; Semantics
Subject Language: English
Greek, Modern
Abstract: The paper aims to examine if the meaning of colloquial 'tautologies' in English and Greek corresponds directly to the content of the tautological proposition expressed in logic as A=B. The non-violation of the reasonableness conditions, by a structure which at first sight - and not only - seems to state the obvious, suggests that a more 'subjective,' a notional specification of meaning should be pursued. It is precisely such an account which distinguishes the definitivization of the repeated element of the structure, through profiling of substructures, and sheds light to the generated implicatures.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Athens
Publication Info: 1988-1989 A Tautology is a Tautology. Glossologia, 7-8, 225-236.
URL: http://www.enl.uoa.gr/~shoidas


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