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I like that damn paper – Three comments on Christopher Potts' The expressive dimension

Citation Information: Theoretical Linguistics. Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages 247–254, ISSN (Print) 0301-4428, ISSN (Print) 1613-4060, DOI: 10.1515/TL.2007.018, October 2007

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1. Introduction

Christopher Potts has put forward a precise formal analysis of the semantics of expressives, which accounts for their characteristic properties quite well, and which will certainly further our understanding of these expressions. In this short reaction, I concentrate on three aspects where – I think – the proposed analysis of expressives is in need of refinement, or where it is in need of complementation. The three aspects concern (i) the suggested non-accessibility of expressive content to the descriptive meaning dimension; (ii) the internal structure of expressive indices and the nature of index-changing operations; (iii) and the semantic behavior of discourse particles in relation to expressives proper.

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