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Accommodation  

David Beaver and Henk Zeevat

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2012
This article explores the complex and intricate problem of accommodation, which sits right at the linguistic interface between semantics and pragmatics. Accommodation is an inferential ... More

The Adaptive Approach to Grammar  

Tom Givón

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Feb 2015
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Jul 2015
The chapter interprets grammar (morpho-syntax) as an adaptive product of human evolution. It situates grammar within the rise of the two mega-functions of human language: cognitive ... More

Aircraft Names  

Guy Puzey

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter covers examples of naming practices for aircraft types as well as for individual airframes, focusing on heavier-than-air aircraft, in other words machines intended to move ... More

Ambiguity And Vagueness In Legal Interpretation  

Ralf Poscher

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
Few topics in the theory of language are as closely related to legal interpretation as the linguistic indeterminacy associated with ambiguity and vagueness. Significant portions of the ... More

Animal Names  

Katharina Leibring

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter discusses the names of domestic animals from both a diachronic and a synchronic point of view. The focus is on the names of production animals and of companion animals in ... More

Arabic Linguistic Tradition II: Pragmatics  

Pierre Larcher

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Sep 2013
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Dec 2013
This article deals essentially with two topics. The first is rhetoric, as one of the two sectors of the basic core of the Arabic linguistic tradition. Since the tradition was not ... More

Astronomical Names  

Marc Alexander

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
The study of astronomical naming practices sits at the intersection of astronomy and onomastics, and reveals much about scientific and general culture in both the historical background of, ... More

A Brief Sketch of the Historic Development of Pragmatics  

Jacob L. Mey

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Mar 2013
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Jul 2013
Pragmatics, the youngest linguistic discipline, has a venerable past: all the way from the Greek sophists through the medieval nominalists and nineteenth-century pragmatic thinkers to ... More

Bynames and Nicknames  

Eva Brylla

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
This chapter presents bynaming systems in the North and West Germanic areas. The terms byname and nickname are classified, with the former being used here as an inclusive term, and the ... More

Choosing a Name: How Name-Givers’ Feelings Influence Their Selections  

Cynthia Whissell

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Jun 2015
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Apr 2014
This chapter discusses the ways in which the affect or emotion experienced by name-givers in response to stereotypes, to aesthetics, and to past, present, and potential future events in ... More

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