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Alessandro Capone (2016), Slurring in indirect reporting. International Journal of language studies.
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Pragmasophia 1 - First international conference on Pragmatics and Philosophy, University of Palermo, organized by Capone, Carapezza, Lo Piparo,
Istvan Kecskes and Tunde in Naples. Kecskes has always supported and promoted Pragmasophia
Pragmasophia 1- Villa Niscemi Palermo, organizer Carapezza one step after the Mayor Orlando at the centre at the right of S. Neale.
Conference on pragmatics and philosophy
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Pragmatics and modality
Dad taught me to read
Linguistics & Pragmatics
I understand dad through pragmatics, tone of voice, gestures, easy commands (speech acts), gaze, frames, etc.
I adore pragmatics
When we were still friends.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378216610001839 Barack Obama's rhetoric
Pragmatics, linguistics, law
Pragmatics of de se attitudes/reports
Pragmatics and philosophy, thematic issue of Intercultural pragmatics
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book in memory of Sorin Stati. Perspectives on language use and pragmatics.
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https://www.springer.com/series/11797/books series Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy, Psychology
Publications by Alessandro Capone (pragmatics, semantics, discourse analyis, philosophy of language, pragmemes, speech acts, attitude reports, substitution and simple sentences)
Lista delle pubblicazioni del Dr. Alessandro Capone
The pragmatics of indirect reports. Cham, Springer, 2016. (Recensioni in International journal of language studies, Intercultural Pragmatics, Australian Journal of Linguistics).
2. Pragmatics and Philosophy. Connections and ramifications. Cham, Springer, 2019.
3. Modal adverbs and discourse. Two essays by Alessandro Capone. Pisa, Edizioni Tecnico-scientifiche, 2001, pp. 179 isbn: 88-467-0456-8 (con prefazione di Riccardo Ambrosini);
4. Tra semantica e Pragmatica, Bologna, Clueb, 2003, pp. 182, isbn: 88-491-2157-1 (con prefazione di Sorin Stati).
5. Dilemmas and excogitations: an essay on modality, clitics and discourse. Messina, Armando Siciliano, 2000, pp. 189 (isbn: 978-88-7442-278-4) ;
1. (2010) Perspectives on language use and pragmatics. A volume in memory of Sorin Stati
(Autori: Jeanne Martinet, Frans van Eemeren & Bart Garssen, Marcelo Dascal, Milena Srpova, Henriette Walter, Pottier Bernard, Jackie Schon, Cornelia Ilie, Alessandro Capone, Daniela Pirazzini, Jacques Moeschler, Carreira, Franco Lo Piparo, Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni, Castelfranchi, Cristiano & Paglieri, Fabio, Harro Stammerjohann).
Lincom Europa, Mūnchen. ISBN 978 3 929075 72 4. LINCOM Studies in Pragmatics 16.
2. ‘Pragmemes’. Special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics Volume 42, Issue 11, Pp. 2861-3162 (novembre 2010) (Autori: Jacob L. Mey, Kasia Jaszczolt, Sarah Blackwell, Michel Seymour, Istvan Kecskes, Martin Montminy, Keith Allan, Jock Wong, Alessandro Capone), con Introduzione di Alessandro Capone.
3. Attitudes ‘de se’: linguistics, epistemology, metaphysics, CSLI, Stanford, settembre 2013,
Isbn 9781575866659; (autori: John Perry, James Higginbotham, Michael Devitt, Wayne A. Davis, Igor Douven, Yan Huang, Neil Feit, Kasia Jaszczolt, Eros Corazza, Michael Nelson, Darren Bradley, Mike Titelbaum, Denis Delfitto, Pietro Perconti, Alessandro Capone). Con Introduzione di Neil Feit e Alessandro Capone.
4. Perspectives on Pragmatics and philosophy. A cura di Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. (a cura di). 2013. Introduzione di Capone Alessandro, Lo Piparo Franco, Carapezza, Marco.
ISBN - 978-3-319-01010-6
5. Perspectives on Linguistic Pragmatics (2013). A cura di Capone A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza M.
ISBN - 978-3-319-01013-7
(Introduzione a cura di Capone, Lo Piparo, Carapezza). Springer, Dordrecht.
(Autori: Margaret Gilbert, Ferenc Kiefer, Wayne Davis, Kepa Korta, John Perry, Anne Bezuidenhout, Ruth Kempson, Noel Burton-Roberts, Paul Saka, Michel Seymour, Michael Devitt, Claudia Bianchi, Pietro Perconti, Marina Sbisà, Franco Lo Piparo, Marco Carapezza, Marco Mazzone, S. Gross, M. Dascal, Frans van Eemeren, Yan Huang, Klaus von Heusinger,
Alison Hall, Mandy Simons, Eros Corazza, Istvan kecskes, Keith Allan, Ernie Lepore, Martin Montminy, Francesca Piazza, ecc.)
6. Interdisciplinary studies in Pragmatics, Culture and Society, a cura di Jacob L. Mey e Alessandro Capone. Springer, Dordrecht. (Per la collana ‘Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology’ diretta da Alessandro Capone per la casa editrice Springer), 2016.
7. Indirect reports and pragmatics (Springer, Heildelberg), a cura di Capone, A., Kiefer, Ferenc, Lo Piparo, Franco, 2016.
8. Pragmemes and theories of language use. A cura di A Capone e Jacob L. Mey. Springer, 2017.
9. Pragmatics and law (vol. 1), a cura di A Capone e Francesca Poggi, Cham, Springer, 2016.
10. Pragmatics and law (vol. 2), a cura di A Capone e Francesca Poggi, Cham, Springer, 2016.
10. The Pragmeme of accommodation. Interaction around the event of death, a cura di A. Capone e Vahid Parvaresh. Cham, Springer, 2017.
11. Further advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy, vol. 1, Cham, Springer; 2018.
12. Indirect reports and pragmatics in the world languages. Cham, Springer. 2018
13. Further advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy, vol. 2, Cham, Springer; 2018.
14. (Macagno & Capone). Inquiries in philosophical pragmatics, vol1. Cham, Springer.
15. Inquiries in Philosophical pragmatics. Vol. 2. Cham, Springer.
16. Exploring contextualism and performativity from an interdisciplinary perspective (con Assunta PENNA).
17. Proper names. Semantic, syntactic and pragmatic considerations. (In preparazione).
Articoli in riviste
1. Perspectives on the semantics/pragmatics debate: insights from aphasia research (with Roberto Graci). Frontiers Psych. (cognitive science), 14 (2023), https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1250170/full. Open access article.
2.Shifts of footing in Hillary Clinton’s electoral speech. RASK (2017) 45, 1-31.
A pragmatic view of the poetic function of language,. Semiotica 2023 (250), 1-25.
3. Poems as pragmemes. On the poetic function of language and pragmatics. RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication RASK 54, pp-65-84.
4. Presuppositions as pragmemes. The case of exemplification acts. Intercultural Pragmatics , 2020, 1(1):53-75.
5. Metalanguage and subjectivity in indirect reports (with Mostafa Moghaddam). “Lingua”, 2019.
6. First Person Implicit Indirect Reports (or Indirect Reports in Disguise). Versus 128/1, (2019), pp. 137-157.
Pragmemes (again). Lingua 209 (2018) 89—104.
7. Reply to kecskes (on salience). Reti, Saperi, Linguaggi, 2017.
8. Précis by Capone in response to Zhang and Zhang. “Journal of Pragmatics” 117, 2017, 273-279.
9. Conversational presuppositions. Presupposition as defeasible inference, Intercultural Pragmatics 2017”, 14/4, 557-583.
10. Presuppositions as conversational phenomena. “Lingua” 195 (2017), pp. 1-16. (pubblicato online 12 luglio 2017 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024384117301092 ).
11. Indirectly reporting grammatical, lexical and morphological errors. “International Journal of Language Studies” 12/1 (2018), 19-36.
12. Uncommon ground. “Intercultural Pragmatics” 13/2, (2016), 151-180. (Con Fabrizio Macagno).
14. Capone, A. Interpretative disputes, explicatures and argumentative reasoning. (con Fabrizio Macagno). “Argumentation” 30, 4, 2016, 399-422.
15. Indirect reports, slurs, and the polyphonic speaker. “Reti, saperi, linguaggi” (Il Mulino), 2/2014, 299-318.
13. On indirect reports and language games: Evidence from Persian. (Co-autore Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan). “Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio” 8/2, 2014, http://www.rifl.unical.it/index.php/rifl/article/view/222
14. The role of pragmatics in (re)constructing the rational law-maker. “Pragmatics and Cognition” 21/2 (2013), 399-415.
15. The pragmatics of quotation, explicatures, and modularity of mind. “Pragmatics and Society” 4(3), 2013, 259-284.
16. The pragmatics of pronominal clitics and propositional attitudes. “Intercultural Pragmatics” 10/3, 2013, 459-485.
17. Barack Obama’s South Carolina Speech, “Journal of Pragmatics” 42 (2010), 2964–2977.
18. . Indirect reports as language games. “Pragmatics and Cognition” 20/3 (2012), 593-613.
19. . On Grice’s circle (further considerations on the semantics/pragmatics debate, “Journal of Pragmatics” 38 (2006), pp. 645-669.
20. Pragmemes. “Journal of Pragmatics” 37 (2005), pp. 1355-1371.
21. Belief reports and pragmatic intrusion: the case of null appositives. “Journal of Pragmatics” 40 (2008), pp. 1019-1040.
22. Barack Obama’s South Carolina’s speech. “RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication” 27 (2008), pp. 87-122.
23. Are explicatures cancellable? “Journal of Intercultural Pragmatics” 6/1 (2009), pp. 55-83.
24. Reflections on the cancellability of explicatures. “RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication” vol. 30, 2009, pp. 113-153.
25. On the social practice of indirect reports. Journal of Pragmatics 42 (2010), pp. 377–391.
26. “Between Scylla and Charibdis”: The semantics and pragmatics of attitudes ‘de se’ . “Journal of Intercultural Pragmatics” 7/3 (2010), pp. 471-503.
27. What can modularity of mind tell us about the semantics/pragmatics debate? “Australian Journal of linguistics”, 30/4 (2010), pp. 497-522.
28. Default semantics and the architecture of the mind. “Journal of Pragmatics”, 43 (2011), pp. 1741–1754.
29. The attributive/referential distinction, pragmatics, modularity of mind and modularization. “Australian Journal of Linguistics” 31/2 ( 2011), pp. 153-186.
30. Knowing how and pragmatic intrusion. “Intercultural Pragmatics” 8/4 (2011), pp. 543-570.
31. Introduction to Pragmemes. “Journal of Pragmatics”, vol. 42 (2010), pp. 2861–2869.
32. On pragmemes again. Dealing with death. “La Linguistique” 46/2 (2010), pp. 3-21.
33. On the tension between semantics and pragmatics. “RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication”, 2013, 37, 5-39.
34. Frasi topicali mancanti ed implicature, “Lingua e Stile”, 26/1 (1991), pp. 67-79;
35. How to respond to an initiative assertion, “La Linguistique”, 28/1 (1992), pp. 15-25;
36. “Obviously” as a discourse marker of concessivity, “Lingua e Stile” 28/1 (1993), pp. 3-30;
37. Dilemmas and excogitations: pragmatics, clitics and propositional attitudes, in Romance Linguistics and Philology, Department of Linguistics, University of Oxford, Working Papers in linguistics, 4 (1999), pp. 18-32;
38. Dilemmas and Excogitations: considerations on modality, clitics and discourse, “Lingua e Stile” 35/3 (2000), pp. 447-469;
39. On Grice’s circle (further considerations on the semantics/pragmatics debate), “RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication” 19 (2003), pp. 1-29;
40. “I saw you” (towards a theory of the pragmeme), “RASK: international Journal of Language and Communication” 20 (2004), pp. 27-44.
1. Review of Higginbotham, J., Pianesi, F. Varzi, A, a cura di ‘Speaking of Events’, “Linguistics” 39/ 6 (2001), pp. 1179-1192.
2. Review of Cappelen, H. & Lepore, E. Insensitive Semantics, “Journal of Pragmatics” 40 (2008) pp.1626–1635.
3. Review of Lepore & Ludwig (2005). Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language and Reality, “Journal of Pragmatics” 39 (2007), pp.1039-1046.
4. Review of Lepore & Smith, Eds. The Oxford Handbook of philosophy of language. “Journal of Pragmatics” 39/11 (2007), pp. 2080-2089.
5. Review of Wierzbicka, Anna. (2006). English, meaning, and culture, “Studies in Language” 32/2 (2008), pp. 457-465.
6. Review of Istvan Kecskes, Intercultural Pragmatics, “Australian Journal of Linguistics” 34/2 (2014), 293-301.
Articoli in volume
Reference in context. In A. Capone, A. Penna, eds. Exploring contextualism and performativity. The environment matters. Cham, Springer.
Pragmemes at the market place. In Macagno, F., Capone, Alessandro, eds. 2021, Inquiries in philosophical Pragmatics. Cham, Springer, 133-155.
First person indirect reports in disguise. In Macagno, F., Capone, Alessandro, eds. 2021, Inquiries in philosophical Pragmatics.Theoretical developments. Vol2. Cham, Springer, 133-149.
The power of pragmatics in the Gricean heritage. In Cavalieri, R., Bucca, A., a cura di, 2019.
4. First person implicit indirect reports in disguise. In A. Pennisi, A. Falzone, eds. 2020. The extended theory of cognitive creativity. Interdisciplinary approaches to performativity.Springer, Cham, 303-319.
5. On the social praxis of indirect reporting. In Capone, et al. eds. 2018, Indirect reports and pragmatics in the world languages.
6. ‘I hope you will let Flynn go’, Trump, Comey, Pragmemes and socio-pragmatics, In A. Capone, M. Carapezza, F. Lo Piparo, a cura di. Further advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy, vol. 2. Cham, Springer. (2018), pp.
7. Embedding explicatures in Implicit indirect reports: simple sentences and substitution. In A. Capone, M. Carapezza, F. Lo Piparo, a cura di. Further advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy, vol. 1. Cham, Springer. Pp. 97-137.
8. Indirectly reporting utterances. In A. Capone, M. Garcia-Carpintero, A. Falzone, a cura di. Indirect reports (and pragmatics) in the world languages. (Il contratto è stato firmato da tutte le parti).
9. On the tension between semantics and pragmatics. In K. Allan, A. Capone, I. Kecskes, a cura di, Pragmemes and theories of language use. Cham, Springer, 769-790, 2017.
10. Introducing the notion of the pragmeme. In K. Allan, A. Capone, I. Kecskes, a cura di, 2017, Pragmemes and theories of language use. Cham, Springer, 15-24, 2017.
11. What can pragmatics learn from the law? In A. Capone, J.L. Mey, a cura di, Interdisciplinary Studies in pragmatics, culture and society. Cham, Springer, 371-396, 2015.
12. Impure ‘de se’ thoughts and pragmatics (and how this is relevant to pragmatics and IEM). In A. Capone, F. Kiefer, F. Lo Piparo (a cura di), 2016, The pragmatics of indirect reports. Heidelberg, Springer, 521-540, 2016.
13. Jacob L. Mey and Alessandro Capone, Pragmatics, linguistics, and socio-cultural diversity. In J. Mey, A. Capone, a cura di, Interdisciplinary studies in Pragmatics and Philosophy. Heidelberg, Springer, 1-10, 2015.
14. Indirectly reporting and translating slurring utterances, In A. Capone, F. Kiefer, F. Lo Piparo (a cura di), The pragmatics of indirect reports. Heidelberg, Springer, 233-252, 2016.
15. The problem of ‘de se’ attitudes (with Neil Feit). In Feit, N., Capone, A. (A cura di), Attitudes ‘de se’: linguistics, epistemology and metaphysics. Stanford, CSLI, 2013, pp. 1-25, 2013.
16. Consequences of the pragmatics of ‘de se’ In Feit, N., Capone, A. (A cura di), Attitudes ‘de se’: linguistics, epistemology and metaphysics. Stanford, CSLI, 2013, pp. 209-244, 2013.
17. Further considerations on semantic Minimalism. In Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. (A cura di). Perspectives on pragmatics and philosophy. Springer, 437-475, 2013.
18. Immunity to error through misidentification, ‘de se’ and pragmatic intrusion. In Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. (A cura di). Perspectives on pragmatics and philosophy. Springer, 413- 436, 2013.
19. The pragmatics of indirect reports and slurring. In Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. (A cura di), Perspectives on Linguistic Pragmatics. Dordrecht, Springer, 153-185, 2013.
20. Explicatures are NOT cancellable. In Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. (A cura di), Perspectives on Linguistic Pragmatics. Dordrecht, Springer, 131-152, 2013.
21. Pragmemes revisited. Conflicts and power within the class. In Capone, A., (A cura di), Perspectives on language use and pragmatics, Lincom, pp.149- 168, 2010.
22. On Pragmemes again. Dealing with death. In Capone, A., (A cura di). Perspectives on language use and pragmatics, Lincom, pp. 169-180, 2010.
23. Dilemmas and excogitations: further considerations on modality, clitics and discourse, in K. Turner, K. Jaszczolt (A cura di), Meanings in contrast, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 2002, pp. 147-176.
24. Presuppositional clitics, propositional attitudes, and binding theories of presupposition, in Künhlein, P, Rieser, Zeevat, H., (A cura di), Pre-conference Proceedings of the Bielefeld Bi-dialog workshop, 14-16 June 2001, pp. 132-140.
25. Theories of presuppositions and presuppositional clitics, in Künhlein, P, Zeevat, H. , Rieser, H. (A cura di), Perspectives on dialogue in the new millennium, New York, John Benjamins, 2003, 111-133.
26. Deviant Utterances, in Stati, S., Hundsnurscher, F. & Weigand, E., (A cura di), Dialoganalyse III, Tübingen, Niemeyer, 1991, 107- 115;
27. How to respond to an initiative assertion, in Ducos, G., (A cura di) Actes XVIII colloque internationale de linguistique fonctionelle, Prague 12/17 luglio-1991, 229-232.
28. "Obviously" and the modal myth, in Löffler, H., (A cura di) Dialoganalyse IV, Tübingen, Niemeyer, 1992, 33-40;
29. Dialogue analysis and inferential pragmatics, in Weigand, E., (A cura di), Future perspectives in dialogue analysis, Tübingen, Niemeyer, 147-161, 1993.
30. Invito allo studio del dialogo, in Weigand, E., (A cura di), Dialogue Analysis: Units, relations and strategies beyond the sentence (contributions in honour of Sorin Stati's 65th birthday), Niemeyer, 43-52, 1997.
31. Verbs of propositional attitude, in Pugliatti, Paola, (A cura di), Mnema, Messina, Armando Siciliano, 265-292, 1998.
Articoli apparsi nella “Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics” (Oxford, Elsevier) (2005):
28. Speech acts (literal and non-literal) pp. 4143-4144;
29. Speech acts (definition and classification) pp. 4124-4127;
30. Bernstein (restricted and elaborated code);
31. Shared knowledge pp. 3872-3873;
32) (2017). “Modes of communication: Italian” pubblicato nella International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication, Wiley-Blackwell. L’articolo è stato pubblicato nel 2017
1. Review of R. Stalnaker’s ‘Context and Content’, “Journal of Linguistics”, 36/2 (2000), pp. 1;
2. Review of Krahmer’s ‘Presupposition and Anaphora’, “Journal of Linguistics” 37/1 (2001), pp. 219-224;
3. Review of Turner’s ‘The semantics/pragmatics debate from different points of view’, “Journal of Linguistics” 37, pp.445-450;
4. Review of Levinson’s ‘Presumptive meanings’, “Language” 77/3 (2001), pp. 578-580;
5. Review of Jaszczolt’s ‘Discourse, beliefs and intentions’, “Pragmatics and Cognition” 9/2 (2002), pp. 354-361;
6. Review of Chierchia & McConnell-Ginet’s New Meaning and Grammar, “Lingua” 112 (2002), pp. 121-126;
7. Booknotice: Bosch, P. & van der Sandt, R.’s, eds., ‘Focus’. “Language” 78/3;
8. Review of Jaszczolt’s ‘The pragmatics of propositional attitude reports’, “Lingua” 113 (2003), pp. 167-172;
9. Review of Stati’s ‘Principi di analisi argomentativa’, “Argumentation” 17 (2003), pp. 347-350;
10. Review of Levinson’s ‘Presumptive meanings’, “The Australian Journal of Linguistics” 2 (2000), pp. 270-276;
11. Review of J. Mey’s ‘Pragmatics’, “Linguistics” , 41/6 (2003), pp. 1170-1173;
12. Review of Carston’s “Thoughts and utterances”, “Linguistics” 42/6 (2004), pp. 1185-1189.
13. Review of Recanati’s “Literal Meaning”, “Journal of Linguistics” 41 (2005), pp. 44-49.
14. Review of Corinne Iten’s ‘Linguistic meaning, truth conditions and relevance’, “Journal of Pragmatics” 38 (2006), pp. 1346-1351.
15. Review of Franco Lo Piparo, Aristotele e il linguaggio. Cosa fa di una lingua una lingua, “Journal of Pragmatics” 38 (2006), pp. 1335-1338;
16. Review of Huang, Y. (2006), Pragmatics, “Journal of Pragmatics” 39 (2007), pp. 1036-1038.
17. Review of Douglas Robinson, Introducing performative pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics 38/8, (2006), pp. 1332-1334.
18. Review of Douglas Robinson. Performative linguistics. Speaking and translating as doing things with words. “Journal of Pragmatics” 38/8, (2006), pp. 1319-1322.
19. Review of Monaghan & Goodman (eds.), A cultural approach to interpersonal communication, “The Australian Journal of Linguistics” 28/2 (2008), pp. 257-259.
20. Review of Duranti, A., A companion to linguistic anthropology, “Journal of Intercultural Pragmatics” 7/2 (2010), pp. 401–417.
21. Review of Cappelen & Lepore, Insensitive Semantics. A Defence of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism, in “Critica: Revista Hispanoamericana de filosofia” 40/ 120 (2008), pp. 148-152.
22. Review of Felice Cimatti. Il volto e la parola. In “Journal of Pragmatics” 41 (2009) pp. 1449–1450.
23. Review of J. Stanley, Language in context. In “Australian Journal of Linguistics” 31/1, 143-149.
24. Review of Francesca Piazza. La Retorica di Aristotele. In “Argumentation” 24 (2010), pp. 135-137.
25. Review of Cappelen, H. & Lepore, E. Language turned upon itself. In “Journal of Pragmatics” 41 (2009) pp. 1862–1864.
26. Review of K. Jaszczolt, Representing time. In “Journal of Pragmatics” 41 (2009), pp. 1859–1861.
27. Review of K. Jaszczolt, Default semantics. In “Journal of Pragmatics” 41 (2009), pp. 2572–2574.
28. Review of Carruthers, P. The architecture of the mind. “Pragmatics & Cognition” 18/2 (2010), pp. 468–472.
29. Review of James Higginbotham, Tense, aspect and indexicality. “Australian Journal of Linguistics”, 30/3 (2010), pp. 373-376.
30. Review of Cummings, Louise. Clinical Pragmatics. “Australian Journal of Linguistics” 31/3 (2011), pp. 371-372.
31. Review of Alessandra Pandolfo, Le regole dell’intesa. “Australian Journal of Linguistics” 31/2 (2011), pp. 269-272.
32. Recensione di Alessandra Giorgi, About the speaker. Towards a syntax of indexicality (OUP), accettata da "Australian Journal of Linguistics";
33. Recensione di ‘La mitigazione’ (di Claudia Caffi), “Language” 80/3.
34. Recensione di “Introduzione alla glottologia Indoeuropea’ (Riccardo Ambrosini), “Language” 79/1;
35. Recensione di ‘Perspectives on semantics, pragmatics and discourse’ (Kenesei and Harnish), “Language” 79/1.
36. Recensione di ‘Focus’ (Peter Bosh, Robert van der Sandt), “Language” 78/3.
Obituary: Jacob L. Mey
Intercultural Pragmatics 2023, 20/3,
Jacob L. Mey
I have known Jacob L. Mey since 2002–2003, mainly through correspondence (initially letters, then emails). Once I met him at an unforgettable conference organized by Fabrizio Macagno and myself at the University of Lisbon. Jacob acted as a chief-editor, warden-angel, and exorcist. He studied as priest early in his life and had obtained the qualification of exorcist. He said he did not engage in real exorcisms, but he certainly managed to have a positive, creative influence on others. He died at the premature age of 96 (I am saying this because he had the energy of accomplishing much more, I suspect). In his eighties the publisher Elsevier decided to remove him as chief-editor of Journal of Pragmatics, a journal he founded together with Hartmut Haberland. The editor of Elsevier was probably under the (false) impression that a man in his eighties could not competently direct an important journal. Boy, was he wrong. Jacob demonstrated that he had other projects in mind and founded a new journal with John Benjamins, “Pragmatics and Society”. Mey had the idea that pragmatics had a liberatory or emancipatory function (a social function in fighting all forms of social and political oppression) and was clearly allied with Critical Discourse Analysis. Jacob had a talent for recognizing one’s best ideas. Once he encouraged me to publish my paper on Grice’s circle, despite my reluctance. I was lucky because he corrected some of my papers either on a plane or before his fireplace, caught by a snowstorm in Norway. I was always surprised by the number of things he changed in the text, something that only a person expert in communication (and in editing books) could do. Mey encouraged me, as well as many others.
Mey had deep knowledge of the classical world and of many other things outside linguistics. He was at home with Aristotle, St Augustine, Saint Therese of Avila and many other eminent scholars. Once he undertook the task of correcting all papers of our edited volume “Interdisciplinary studies in pragmatics, culture and discourse (Springer)”, while I was in the hospital dealing with a bad disease. His encouragement under those circumstance was really tangible. To describe Mey’s attitude to friendship, one has to go back to the world created by Dickens in David Copperfield.
The good guys win over the bad guys because they socialize, keep strong ties and help one another when needed. So, the magic world of benevolent and supportive friends found in David Copperfield was revived. Mey had a central place in this world. Through Mey, I also met Istvan Kecskes, who, in addition to publishing some of my papers, recommended me for many other things. I regret not being well enough to spend a lot of time with Jacob at the Lisbon conference, although we sat at the same table, side by side and talked about many things. The other thing I remember was Mey’s advice to give titles to each section of a long poem of mine, perhaps my best, written with the desire of competing with Gray’s ‘Elegy written in a country churchyard’. Jacob’s desire for order and the need to be communicative prevailed in him until the very end. His last letter asked me for prayers.
I could write much more, but I merely end this eulogy saying that Jacob Mey was one of the best editors and pragmaticists of our time. He thought that good, original papers should be published in his journals even if they need strong editorial support. Jacob was always ready to take a risk with those papers.
Mey’s exemplary life, broad scholarly knowledge, and extraordinary character leave a heritage of good thoughts, solace, courage, and belief that life is worth living in all of us.
Prayer to St Michael Arcangel
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. .
O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,
guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits,
servant in the house of the Divine King
and our admirable conductor,
you who shine with excellence
and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil,
who turn to you with confidence
and enable us by your gracious protection
to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
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