Quotation With and Without Quotation Marks

  • Alessandro Capone
Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 22)


This chapter presents a purely pragmatic account of quotation and argues that it is able to accommodate all relevant linguistic phenomena. Given that it is more parsimonious to explain the data only by reference to pragmatic principles than to explain them by reference to both pragmatic and semantic principles, as is common in the literature, I conclude that the account of quotation I present is preferrable to the more standard accounts. Alternative theories of quotation are treated in an intellectually honest way.


Theories of quotation Pragmatics Explicatures Cancellability of explicatures Modularity of mind Modularity and pragmatics Language games 


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  • Alessandro Capone
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  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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