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Grammar and social agency. The pragmatics of impersonal deontic statements

  • Sentence and construction types generally have more than one pragmatic function. Impersonal deontic declaratives such as ‘it is necessary to X’ assert the existence of an obligation or necessity without tying it to any particular individual. This family of statements can accomplish a range of functions, including getting another person to act, explaining or justifying the speaker’s own behavior as he or she undertakes to do something, or even justifying the speaker’s behavior while simultaneously getting another person to help. How is an impersonal deontic declarative fit for these different functions? And how do people know which function it has in a given context? The authors address these questions using video recordings of everyday interactions among speakers of Italian and Polish.

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Author:Giovanni Rossi, Jörg ZinkenGND
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-54769
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0083
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2016.0070
ISSN:0097-8507
Parent Title (English):Language
Publisher:Linguistic Society of America
Place of publication:Washington, DC
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2016
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/07
Reviewstate:Peer-Review
Tag:agency; declarative; deontic; grammar; impersonal; pragmatics; social interaction
Volume:92
Issue:4
Pagenumber:30
Note:
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG