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Kommentatorin Elena Castroviejo Miró (University of The Basque Country; UPV/EHU)
In this talk, I present a novel analysis of exclamative sentences as assertions equivalent to declarative sentences with emotive verbs. Focusing on wh-exclamatives and declarative exclamations, I offer a wide range of arguments for why they are both assertive including showing that they can be rejected and responded to (contrary to what previous literature has assumed). My analysis proposes a syntax-semantics for exclamatives without a speech act operator, and exclamativity surfaces as an attitude rather than a speech act. This seems to be well motivated by the English, German as well as Greek facts I examine in the paper—which illocutionary operator approaches cannot capture while also failing to determine precisely what the exclamative force might be.
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