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Jlsperanza at aol.com
Fri Jul 10 19:56:38 EDT 2009
In a message dated 7/7/2009 8:31:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
baynesrb at yahoo.com writes:
Grandy's quessertion? I'm unfamiliar with this. Sounds interesting.
I'll recheck WoW for it.
Little by little my reply then. But _yes_, Grice (1971) does quote Anscombe
by name -- it's the footnote then, on the page I cited. The footnote just
goes, "By Professor Anscombe". If that's not a footnote I don't know what
And the context was that vivid example "The point may be (and I think has
been (* by Professor Anscombe)) put vividly by saying that if a man
Now for the quessertion.
There was a Generative-Semantics piece on QUESSERTIVES -- but Grandy's
discovery was independent!
Grice (in "Meaning Revisited", lecture delivered in Sussex, 1982) writes of
his 'mischiveous friend' (Grandy) and the idea that
there are three illocutionary forces:
assertion (.) "I say that p"
question (?) "I ask whether p"
order (!) "I order p"
Now, Grandy suggested (jocularly) that 'assertion' and 'question' can
combine -- in the case of Grice. So whatever Grice says can be interpreted as
"Could it be possible that someone may want to assert that ..."
(I'm relying on memory -- but the quote is googlebooks, "Meaning Revisited"
Way of Words, then).
Grice goes on to say that whatever he'll end up saying in that lecture will
be highly 'quessertive'.
(Grice says he cherishes the pun as much as he cherished Grandy's comment
that Grice could always be rely to rally to the defense of the underodgma).
(Now, this among nous, philosophers: Grandy can JOKE about questions and
assertions being 'quessertions', but I think D. Kaplan is right when in the
Partee paper online he is quoted as saying, "You (linguists) vacuum things
that we philosophers say". They were using 'quessertives' literally -- L.
Horn has a good example in a footnote of Natural History of Negation, but
don't have access to it right now.
The car is how much did you say?
(but not really, since that's a question -- but something that you cannot
really evaluate truth-conditonally as an assertion, yet it looks like one --
we'll see if I can find it).
J. L. Speranza
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