Discourse and Meaning: Papers in honor of Eva Hajičová by Barbara H. Partee, Petr Sgall

By Barbara H. Partee, Petr Sgall

A set of papers in honor of Eva Hajičová, who represents the continuation of the Prague college culture within the methodological context of formal and computational linguistics. Her widely stated contribution to syntax, topic-focus experiences, discourse research and common language processing is mirrored within the papers by means of 30 authors, divided in 5 sections (Discourse, that means, concentration, Translation, Structure).

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It is a vast field indeed; the above statement of the sublanguage paradigm should suggest a wealth of implications. The fact that one can operate in different languages syntactically but one subían- THE SUBLANGUAGE PARADIGM 45 guage semantically is the essential underlying feature of the multilingual aspects of The New World of Computing System (Thompson, forthcoming). References ALPAC Report. 1966. Language and Machines: Computers in Translation and Linguistics. C. , J. Perry. 1983. Situations and Attitudes.

D. Wunderlich places a concept of speech act into the position of our predication act. This notion comes from the assumption that illocutionary and speech acts (he makes a distinction between them, as stated above) are unrepeated events and only their generalisation brings us to the type, to a 34 JÁN HORECKÝ generic speech act. Thus it appears that D. Wunderlich takes a specific speech act, or a series of speech acts, as his basis. Similarly, M. Grepl speaks of a kind of communicative function, D.

But even within a given one, there need not be homoge­ neity - the first few pages or paragraphs and the closing paragraphs of a technical communication may be considerably different from the central highly technical parts. g. dialects) while still others, such as highly technical expression, have elements of both stability and even rigidity as well as susceptibility to constant change (much of our higher education is directed to acquiring this delicate balance). The most significant characteristic of sublanguages The most striking characteristic of linguistic activity is the ease with which users interweave sublanguages, always appropriately and for the most part unconsciously.

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