LingLunch : Diego Feinmann

Jeudi 04 Novembre 2021, 12:00 to 13:00
Karen De Clercq et Ira Nowek (LLF)

LLF – Bât. ODG – 5e étage – Salle du conseil (533)

Diego Feinmann (IJN, École Normale Supérieure)
On Hyperbole

A hyperbole is an exaggerated statement that isn?t meant literally and is used for effect (typically, to convey affect or make an evaluation of either positive or negative valence). For example, I may utter ?The water in the bath is boiling?, despite knowing that the water in the bath isn?t boiling, to communicate that the water in the bath is too hot?and that I?m frustrated as a result of this. Since Grice (1975), this phenomenon has been thought to be fully pragmatic in nature (cf. Sperber and Wilson 2008; Wilson 2011; Kao, Wu, Bergen and Goodman 2014). In this talk, I put forward a contrarian idea: hyperbole interpretation is partly a semantic phenomenon (come to the talk if you want to know more).