Presupposition Revisited: the Role of Context

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July 2013
Volume 7 Issue 1

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Presupposition Revisited: The Role of Context

Cui Ying
Shandong University (Weihai), P. R. China

Bioprofile: Cui Ying received her PhD from the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong. Her major research interests include translation practice and theories as well as linguistics. She currently teaches at School of Translation and Interpretation, Shandong University (Weihai), P.R. China.

This paper reviews the semantic, pragmatic and experiential approaches to presupposition within linguistics, and explores the relationship between context and presupposition. Firstly, the historical curve concerning the original research on early explorations into presupposition is generalized and different presupposition theories are introduced. Secondly, three types of attitudes towards the notion of presupposition are discussed. In this perspective, the semantic approach is explained and its exclusion of context is discussed. The pragmatic approach is introduced, and its treatment of the relationship between presupposition and context is noted. The problems of the aforementioned approaches are discussed. Then, the experiential approach, which studies semantic presupposition from the perspective of context, is elucidated. The relationship between context and presupposition is clarified and context is regarded to determine presupposition. Consideration of the role context plays helps to solve the problems that are met in the other approaches to presupposition.

Keywords: context, experiential, pragmatic, presupposition, semantic,

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Category: Volume 7 Issue 1 June 2013