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Minyao Huang and Kasia M. Jaszczolt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786658.001.0001

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Pragmatic indexicals

Pragmatic indexicals

(p.260) 13 Pragmatic indexicals
Expressing the Self

Kasia M. Jaszczolt

Oxford University Press

In this chapter Kasia M. Jaszczolt offers a pragmatic, contextualist account of the meaning of devices used for first-person reference that makes use of the post-Gricean idea of top-down modification of truth-conditional content. On this view, the indexical/non-indexical distinction becomes blurred because expressions on each side of the dichotomy can have indexical as well as non-indexical functions. She demonstrates how indexicality can be ‘pragmaticized’, and how the resulting ‘functional indexicals’ can be represented in her radical contextualist theory of Default Semantics.

Keywords:   indexicals, indexical/non-indexical distinction, functional indexicality, pragmatic indexicality, Default Semantics, honorifics, fixity thesis, Amharic

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