The Semantics and Pragmatics of Quotation

  • Paul Saka
  • Michael Johnson

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Use & Mention

  3. Quotation Unified

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Kirk Ludwig, Greg Ray
      Pages 99-134
    3. Mario Gómez-Torrente
      Pages 135-167
    4. Manuel García-Carpintero
      Pages 169-194
    5. Eleni Gregoromichelaki
      Pages 195-255
  4. New Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Emar Maier
      Pages 259-280
    3. Wayne A. Davis
      Pages 303-333
    4. Dale Jacquette
      Pages 335-355
    5. Kasia M. Jaszczolt, Minyao Huang
      Pages 357-382
  5. Kasia M. Jaszczolt, Minyao Huang
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


The chapters in this volume address a variety of issues surrounding quotation, such as whether it is a pragmatic or semantic phenomenon, what varieties of quotation exist, and what speech acts are involved in quoting. Quotation poses problems for many prevailing theories of language. One fundamental principle is that for a language to be learnable, speakers must be able to derive the truth-conditions of sentences from the meanings of their parts. Another popular view is that indexical expressions like "I" display a certain fixity -- that they always refer to the speaker using them. Both of these tenets appear to be violated by quotation.  

This volume is suitable for scholars in philosophy of language, semantics, and pragmatics, and for graduate students in philosophy and linguistics. The book will also be useful for researchers in other fields that study quotation, including psychology and computer science.


Quotation and Ideo-reflexive descriptions Semantics vs pragmatics Impure quotation Referential interpretation of quotation Pronouns in direct and free indirect discourse Philosophy of language Meta-representation

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Saka
    • 1
  • Michael Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas, Rio GrandeEdinburgUSA
  2. 2.University of Hong KongPok Fu LamHong Kong

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