The psycholinguistics of pragmatic presuppositions: towards a review of the normative account

Author/s Filippo Domaneschi
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/1 Language Italian
Pages 19 P. 81-99 File size 456 KB
DOI 10.3280/EPIS2013-001006
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This paper is aimed at evaluating two approaches to pragmatic presuppositions: the Common Ground account (CG) and the Propositional Context account (PC). As first step, I will claim that, according to the PC, propositional attitudes towards presuppositions are not a condition for the appropriateness of utterances containing presupposition triggers. Secondly, I will present the results of a psycholinguistic experimental design which suggests that propositional attitudes towards presuppositions have relevant effects in the cognitive process involved in appropriateness evaluation of utterances. I will conclude by claiming that the PC, in order to have a better psychological plausibility, should take into account the role of propositional attitudes by distinguishing between the condition for appropriateness of utterances and the process of appropriateness evaluation.

Keywords: Psycholinguistic, presuppositions, cognitive context, objective context, propositional actitudes, presuppositional activators

Filippo Domaneschi, Psicolinguistica delle presupposizioni pragmatiche: verso una revisione della teoria normativa in "EPISTEMOLOGIA" 1/2013, pp 81-99, DOI: 10.3280/EPIS2013-001006