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The semantics-pragmatics interface: How it works, why we need it and where it is

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Published in College Publications. Language, Evolution and Mind: Essays in Honour of Anne Reboul. London. 2018, p. 13-37
Collection Tributes Series; 35
Abstract In this paper, three main issues are discussed: (i) How the Semantics- Pragmatics Interface (SPI) is supposed to work? (ii) Why do we need a SPI? (iii) Where is the SPI located? I show that the S-P border is porous, and that some inferred meanings are more semantic than pragmatic and vice versa. Secondly, the SPI has as a main function to allow quick and efficient information transfer, from non-linguistic source to linguistic one, and vice and versa. Finally, the SPI is mainly a linguistic issue: semantic meaning is the locus of pragmatic processes, which implies that its conceptual vs. procedural nature has some impacts on the way pragmatic meaning derivations are obtained.
Keywords Semantics-pragmatics interfaceImplicatureExplicatureAccessibility
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ISBN: 979-1-84890-282-4
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Research group Sémantique-pragmatique-cognition
Project FNS: LogPrag: Sémantique et pragmatique des mots logiques (100012_146093)
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MOESCHLER, Jacques. The semantics-pragmatics interface: How it works, why we need it and where it is. In: College Publications (Ed.). Language, Evolution and Mind: Essays in Honour of Anne Reboul. London : [s.n.], 2018. p. 13-37. (Tributes Series; 35) https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:109844

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