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Rising declaratives of the Quality-suspending kind

  • Authors
  • Westera, Matthijs
  • UPF authors
  • Type
  • Scholarly articles
  • Journal títle
  • Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
  • Publication year
  • 2018
  • Volume
  • 3
  • Number
  • 1
  • Pages
  • 32-0
  • ISSN
  • 2397-1835
  • Publication State
  • Published
  • Abstract
  • The theory of Intonational Compliance Marking (ICM) maintains that speakers of English use final rising intonation to indicate a suspension (potential violation) of a conversational maxim (Westera 2013; 2014). This paper aims to show that a certain kind of rising declarative, one which has been prominent in the literature (e.g., Gunlogson 2008), can be adequately understood in ICM¿s terms as involving a suspension of the maxim of Quality. By explicating certain minimal assumptions about pragmatics, this understanding accounts for three core features of such rising declaratives: their question-likeness, the speaker bias they express and their badness out of the blue. In a nutshell, their question-likeness is derived from principles of general cooperative discourse, their bias from the relative importance of the maxim of Quality, and their badness out of the blue from a competition between rising declaratives and interrogatives. The account is compared in detail to various existing accounts of rising declaratives of the relevant sort, highlighting explanatory and empirical differences.
  • Complete citation
  • Westera, Matthijs. Rising declaratives of the Quality-suspending kind. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2018; 3(1).
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