Constructions of Intersubjectivity: Discourse, Syntax, and by Arie Verhagen

By Arie Verhagen

Buildings of Intersubjectivity exhibits that the that means of grammatical buildings frequently has extra to do with the human cognitive skill for taking different peoples' issues of view than with describing the realm. Treating pragmatics, semantics, and syntax in parallel and integrating insights from linguistics, psychology, and animal conversation, Arie Verhagen develops a brand new knowing of linguistic communique. In doing so he exhibits the continuity among language and animal conversation and divulges the character of human linguistic specialization.

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Construal configuration in maximally ‘objective’ expressions Such ‘pure’ cases are relatively rare, and artificial. One might think of ‘common nouns and verbs considered in isolation (for example lamp, tree . . 3; or a name on a label. Even a noun phrase such as the horse or a simpletensed sentence (John owns a horse) is not purely objective in this sense, as the identity of the referent or the time of the described event are accessed via the communicative situation (which is why the article and the tense marking are called ‘grounding predications’).

If he promises the constitution to defend ‘. . ’ The syntactic asymmetry is that subjective beloven is not possible in the position of objective beloven in (19) ((20) is unacceptable—indicated by ‘Ã’), but objective beloven, on the other hand, is possible in the position of subjective beloven in (18), witness (21). (20) Ã . . omdat het debat belooft spannend te worden. because the debate promises exciting to become (21) . . als hij de grondwet belooft te verdedigen. if he the constitution promises to defend The order of elements in (20) would make it necessary to interpret belooft as independently assigning roles, so that the subject (het debat, ‘the debate’) would have to be interpreted as a promisor.

Thus a possibility to be envisaged for each of the constructional patterns under investigation is that some function may be connected to a specific, lowlevel pattern and not inherited by many others, or to a pattern at a higher level in the network of constructions. This will indeed turn out to be relevant in a number of cases, most specifically in connection with complementation constructions. Thus, besides an exploration of intersubjectivity in grammar, this study also contains some exercises in constructional syntax.

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