Speech levels, social predicates and pragmatic structure in Balinese: A lexical approach

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    Abstract

    This paper will account for the interaction between syntax and semantics/ pragmatics in the speech styles of Balinese. The analysis makes use of an explicit representation that accounts for the co-occurrence restrictions on linguistic expressions which are imposed by social information associated with the speech-level system. It is proposed that social information be treated in terms of social predicates and modelled using LFG-style parallel structures. The social predicates are contained in what is called pragmatic-structure (prag-str). It is demonstrated that this approach can account for the plain as well as the (dis)honouring use of linguistic forms in Balinese.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-203
    JournalPragmatics
    Volume15
    Issue number2/3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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