Posted on

A Pragmatic Logic for Commands by Melvin Joseph Adler

By Melvin Joseph Adler

The aim of this essay is to either speak about instructions as a species of speech act and to debate instructions in the broader framework of ways they're used and reacted to.

Show description

Read or Download A Pragmatic Logic for Commands PDF

Similar grammar books

Interaction and Grammar

Many students of language have permitted a view of grammar as a in actual fact delineated and internally coherent constitution that's top understood as a self-contained method. The participants to this quantity suggest a really diversified approach of coming near near and figuring out grammar: taking as their start line the placement that the very integrity of grammar is sure up with its position within the greater schemes of the association of human behavior, fairly social interplay, their essays discover a wealthy number of linkages among interplay and grammar.

Portuguese Syntax: New Comparative Studies (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax)

This quantity is a suite of formerly unpublished articles concentrating on the subsequent features of Portuguese syntax: clause constitution, clitic placement, be aware order version, pronominal process, verb move, quantification, and distribution of debris. The articles are written in the rules and parameters framework and distinction Portuguese with different Romance languages.

La Grammaire du latin

Le Bescherelle Grammaire du latin est une grammaire très easy et complète de l. a. langue latine. Il a pour objectif de permettre l. a. lecture, le traduction et l'interprétation des textes. Sujet traité: Langues Description écriture: Ce Bescherelle comprend quatre events : - écriture et prononciation; - morphologie; - syntaxe; - grammaire de l'énoncé et du texte.

Semantics and morphosyntactic variation : qualities and the grammar of property concepts

This e-book explores a key factor in linguistic thought, the systematic edition in shape among semantic equivalents throughout languages. contrasting perspectives of the position of lexical which means within the research of such edition are available within the literature: (i) uniformity, wherein lexical that means is common, and edition arises from idiosyncratic alterations within the stock and phonological form of language-particular useful fabric, and (ii) transparency, wherein systematic edition in shape arises from systematic version within the that means of simple lexical goods.

Extra info for A Pragmatic Logic for Commands

Example text

For the sake of argument and also to enable us to point out exactly where the real conceptual difference lies, let us grant this point. The issue is whether or not to indicate the type of speech act being performed within the formalism. Propositional operator theorists believe that it should be: for example, if a proposition is to be used to express a command then they add a special symbol to it - the 'command operator' to indicate this fact. What ap­ pears to be the fatal flaw in their approach is the entire notion of marking deep structure with a speech act indicator.

Furthermore, only a finite number of dif­ ferent ways of obeying any particular command have to be con­ sidered. In the case of commands which demand that the ad­ dressee should continue performing some action (or maintain some state) the assumption is that each time he performs the action (or re-realizes the state if he has slipped out of it) he has to perform only a finite number of actions. (iii) If an addressee has to choose from an infinite set, either he first picks a finite subset out of which he makes his choice or pragmatic restrictions force him to make a choice within a finite length of time.

For ex­ ample, someone commanded to make sure a certain door stays open might choose to stand there and tell everyone passing through it not to shut the door: but this is merely one of the many different possible ways of obeying the command. He might, for instance, just stand there and THE PRAGMATICS OF COMMANDS 35 physically stop anyone from shutting it, or he might gimmick the door so that it can no longer be shut, or he might just put up a sign ask­ ing anyone who passes through not to shut the door, and so on.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.03 of 5 – based on 45 votes