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30 Jul 2010
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Assertion - the act of presenting what we say as true—is at the centre of human social life. Yet what might seem a relatively simple phenomenon has proved difficult to define or characterise successfully. Is assertion just another speech act, on a par with promising, ordering and the like, or is it more fundamental? How is assertion related to belief? Does the declarative mood have a special role to play in the correct analysis of assertion or can assertion be characterised independently of linguistic form? What is the relationship between what a speaker asserts and her main point? All these questions are addressed in this book as the author develops a novel account of the pragmatic processes involved in assertion and the role of the declarative mood in those processes. In doing so, he synthesises a range of perspectives on assertion, drawing on the work of philosophers, linguists and cognitive scientists.


Description

Assertion - the act of presenting what we say as true—is at the centre of human social life. Yet what might seem a relatively simple phenomenon has proved difficult to define or characterise successfully. Is assertion just another speech act, on a par with promising, ordering and the like, or is it more fundamental? How is assertion related to belief? Does the declarative mood have a special role to play in the correct analysis of assertion or can assertion be characterised independently of linguistic form? What is the relationship between what a speaker asserts and her main point? All these questions are addressed in this book as the author develops a novel account of the pragmatic processes involved in assertion and the role of the declarative mood in those processes. In doing so, he synthesises a range of perspectives on assertion, drawing on the work of philosophers, linguists and cognitive scientists.


Reviews

'Jary's synthesis of linguistic, cognitive scientific and philosophical insights about assertion, so necessary at this stage of inquiry, is simply masterful: just the right degree of comprehensiveness; meticulous and balanced exegesis; and extreme clarity. There can be no question that this book will now become the point of departure for future studies of assertion as a unified, multifaceted cognitive-social phenomenon.' – Rob Stainton, University of Western Ontario, Canada
 
'[This] book is well organized and engaging. Jary writes clearly and passionately, and I can recommend the book to anyone with a serious interest in assertion, and not just because it is the first monograph on the topic.' - Peter Pagin, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Assertion in Speech-act Theory
Assertion, Belief and Knowledge
A sign of Assertion
Assertion and Common Ground
Assertion and Mood
Assertion and Main Point
Assertion and Relevance
Conclusion
References
Index


Authors

MARK JARY teaches Linguistics, Translation and Philosophy of Language at Roehampton University, London, UK. His previous publications include papers in Linguistics and Philosophy, Lingua and The Journal of Pragmatics.