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On Adversative Coordinative Conjunctions

García Murga, Fernando (2017) On Adversative Coordinative Conjunctions. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (3). pp. 303-327. ISSN 2171-679X

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Adversative coordinative conjunctions necessarily involve a contrast between two elements related to the utterances they coordinate. Contrast is a heterogeneous concept. In this article, three types of contrast are identified: restrictive, corrective and additive. These types give rise to three different readings of the adversative coordinative conjunctions. In this work, a semantic function for each type of contrast is proposed, and the presuppositional character of restrictive contrast is defended. These hypotheses lead us towards the discourses in which the coordinative adversative conjuncts are inserted. The discourse has to contain alternatives such that when the type of contrast is not univocally lexicalized, the alternatives will guide the interpretation of the conjunction.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
García Murga,
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Coordination, adversative, contrast, conventional implicature, presupposition
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 14:12
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 14:12
Item ID: 14061
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Date: September 2017
Page Range: pp. 303-327
Volume: 32
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X

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