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Pragmatic Aspects of Scalar Modifiers: The Semantics-Pragmatics Interface

Osamu Sawada


This book investigates pragmatic aspects of scalar modifiers. Through a detailed analysis of the semantics and pragmatics of comparatives with indeterminate pronouns, positive polarity minimizers, intensifiers, and expectation-reversal adverbs in Japanese and other languages, the book shows that scalarity is utilized not just for measuring a thing/event in the semantic level, but also for expressing various kinds of pragmatic information, including politeness, priority of utterance, the speaker’s attitude, and unexpectedness, at the level of conventional implicature (CI). The similarities and ... More

Keywords: pragmatic scalar modifiers, dual-use phenomenon, at-issue, not-at-issue, scalar meaning, conventional implicature, variation, projection, language change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714224
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198714224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Osamu Sawada, author
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Mie University