Submitted by Jacqueline Laing on Tue, 2011-04-26 21:31
|Title||Semantically Cued Contextual Implicatures in Legal Texts |
|Publication Type||Journal Article |
|Year of Publication||2010 |
|Authors||Azuelos-Atias, S |
|Journal||Journal of Pragmatics |
In this article I discuss one of the linguistic means which enables speakers to represent content in their utterances without expressing it explicitly. I will argue, in line with Wilson and Sperber, that the logical form of the argument encoded by an utterance (however fragmentarily or incompletely) is sufficient as a cue directing the hearers to the implicit content of the speaker's meaning. I will suggest that the logical form of the encoded argument enables the speaker to represent in the utterance certain contextual implicatures as a hidden layer of the text. I will illustrate this by showing how these means are used for embedding contextual implicatures by analyzing a text of an Israeli court file. This analysis can be easily generalized to other legal systems and argumentative texts.