publication . Article . 2010

only: A Case Study In Projective Meaning

Craige Roberts;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2010 Journal: Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, volume 6 (eissn: 1944-3676, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: New Prairie Press
Abstract
<p>I offer an integrated theory of the meaning of <em>only </em>in which the prejacent, while not presupposed, is both entailed and backgrounded, hence tends to project (following a general proposal about projection due to Simons et al. 2010). Moreover, I argue, contra Beaver &amp; Brady (2008), that only is not conventionally associated with focus, the focus effects arising instead pragmatically. But I do adopt aspects of their semantics for <em>only</em>, including the presupposition of a pre-order over the elements of its domain.</p><p><strong>References</strong></p><p>Abbott, B. 2000. ‘Presuppositions as non-assertions’. Journal of Pragmatics 32: 1419–37.<br...
Subjects
free text keywords: Projective test, Linguistics, Epistemology, Philosophy, Psychology, BF1-990, Philosophy (General), B1-5802
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publication . Article . 2010

only: A Case Study In Projective Meaning

Craige Roberts;