S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 39 Number 1/4 (2003)
What is Said in Metalinguistic Negation in English
- Lee, Hye-Kyung
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.39 No.4, pp. 891-909
- what is said; what is implicated; metalinguistic negation; primary vs. secondary pragmatic processes; intentions
- The distinction between what is said and what is implicated has been one of the debatable topics in the literature. In spite of the various proposals on this issue, not much has been discussed as to what is said and what is implicated in metalinguistic negation (MN henceforth). Among several viable theories of the saying/implicating distinction in MN, default interpretation theory is employed in this paper. Specifically, this paper, while discussing what is said in MN, attempts to pursue the possibility of non-default interpretation, which is left equally tenable by the default interpretation theory. I also argue that establishing what is said in MN requires secondary pragmatic processes contrary to relevance-theoretic assumptions. I propose that MN might be an example of cases which do not necessarily have both said and implicated meanings.