Coherence Theory: The Case of Russian by Jens Noergard-Soerensen

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Bar) 'Why did he [the boss] say "we" all the time - "we entrusted", "we are concerned"? ' (47) Net, Ljus'ku otstavit'. Kogo esce mozno prosit' - Zinaidu? No ona, naverno, zabyla vse eto. Znacit, neobchodimo otprosit 'sja s seminara. (Bar) 'No, I'd better leave Ljuska alone. Who else could I ask - Zinaida? But she has probably forgotten all about this. ' Consider the first znacit1 in (44). Syntactically it modifies the remaining part of the sentence as a whole. This means that it semantically predicates the proposition p, viz.

Knowledge and coherence marking adverbials 45 What the hearer actually knows and expects is of no direct relevance to the way the speaker chooses to make his statement. This is a natural consequence of rejecting the relevance of mutual knowledge (cf. ). However, the superscription h will appear in cases when the aim is to offer a total analysis of a speech event including all of its aspects. , a situation involving discrepancy between what is referred to by virtue of the zero superscription (the speaker's presumptions about the knowledge of the hearer) and the ^-superscription (the hearer's actual knowledge) (cf.

Further, it is vital to the semantic interpretation to bear in mind that the if-then relation is one which is asserted by the speaker by the very fact that he uses an adverbial involving such a relation. In other words, the interpretation of the if-then relation that counts is the one accepted by the speaker as representative of natural language expressions like if... , ... implies ... This fact forces one to accept the theoretical necessity of identifying the semantic representations with paraphrases in natural language.

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