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Accommodation

David Beaver and Henk Zeevat.

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

February 2007; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics. 16052 words.

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...

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The Acquisition of Evidentiality

Stanka A. Fitneva.

in The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality

January 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Pragmatics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Acquisition. 7715 words.

How do children learn the evidential system of their language? The primary goal of this chapter is to summarize existing research on this topic. Its secondary goal is to position this...

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Acquisition of Pragmatics

Myrto Grigoroglou and Anna Papafragou.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online November 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Cognitive Linguistics; Pragmatics; Language Acquisition. 10209 words.

To become competent communicators, children need to learn that what a speaker means often goes beyond the literal meaning of what the speaker says. The acquisition of pragmatics as a field...

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The Adaptive Approach to Grammar

Tom Givón.

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

December 2009; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Pragmatics. 8225 words.

Language is one of the defining characteristics of homo sapiens. It is deployed in a wide range of adaptive contexts: social interaction, cultural transmission, education, literature,...

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The Adaptive Approach to Grammar

Tom Givón.

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

February 2015; p ublished online July 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Pragmatics. 7289 words.

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...

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Aircraft Names

Guy Puzey.

in The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

January 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Semantics; Pragmatics. 4530 words.

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...

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Ambiguity And Vagueness In Legal Interpretation

Ralf Poscher.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law

March 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics. 8833 words.

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...

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Animal Names

Katharina Leibring.

in The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

January 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Semantics; Pragmatics. 5768 words.

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...

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Arabic Linguistic Tradition II

Pierre Larcher.

in The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

September 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Pragmatics; Language Families. 14474 words.

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...

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Astronomical Names

Marc Alexander.

in The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

January 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Semantics; Pragmatics. 3399 words.

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,...

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