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Semantics and Pragmatics: Drawing a Line

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2017.10.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ilse Depraetere and Raphael Salkie (eds.), Semantics and Pragmatics: Drawing a Line, Springer, 2017, 357pp, $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9783319322452. Reviewed by Kepa Korta, University of the Basque Country The relation -- the boundaries, the interface, the line, . . . -- between semantics and pragmatics has been a matter of debate from the very origin of the disciplines, and especially from the blossoming of pragmatics after the work of Paul Grice. Both disciplines claim meaning as their subject matter, so it is natural that they enter into disputes on their territorial boundaries, or, if you prefer, about the distribution of competences over the territory they share. It is a revealing fact that most -- perhaps all -- introductory books to pragmatics start with a contrast with semantics, as if there was no other way to characterize the discipline. This is not the case... Read More

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