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Sentence mood

Paul Portner

in Mood

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780199547524
Published online December 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191851179 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199547524.003.0003

Series: Oxford Surveys in Semantics and Pragmatics

Sentence mood

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Sentence mood is the linguistic category which marks the fundamental conversational function, or “sentential force,” of a sentence. Exemplified by the universal types of declarative, interrogative, and imperative sentences (as well as by less-common types), sentence mood has been a major topic of research in both linguistics and philosophy. This chapter identifies the two main theories which address the topic, one based on speech act theory and the other on dynamic approaches to meaning. It explains and evaluates current research which uses the two theories, and identifies the most important insights which come out of each.

Keywords: declarative; interrogative; imperative; exclamative; speech acts; dynamic semantics

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Subjects: Semantics ; Linguistics

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