18.1381, Diss: Pragmatics/Semantics: Foroushani: 'A Revised Approach to Sema...'

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Date: 05-May-2007
From: parvaneh khosravizadeh Foroushani < khosraviz at ut.ac.ir >
Subject: A Revised Approach to Semantic Redundancy in Persian Text

 

	
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Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 15:31:26
From: parvaneh khosravizadeh Foroushani < khosraviz at ut.ac.ir >
Subject: A Revised Approach to Semantic Redundancy in Persian Text 
 


Institution: University of Tehran 
Program: Department of Linguistics 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2006 

Author: Parvaneh Khosravizadeh Foroushani

Dissertation Title: A Revised Approach to Semantic Redundancy in Persian Text 

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                     Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     Farsi, Eastern (prs)


Dissertation Director(s):
Ali Afkhami Aghda
Ali Mohammad Haghshenas
Koorosh Safavi

Dissertation Abstract:

This Thesis is concerned with semantic redundancy in linguistic
communication. For the most part, the thesis focuses on a consideration of
why human beings in general, and Farsi speakers in particular, use
informational redundant utterances in their daily conversation.

Since semantic redundancies identify unnecessary or predictable information
in some stretch of language usage, the application of them is implausible
by virtue of the economy principle in linguistics, and the maxim of
quantity from the cooperative principle. A structural approach is used as
the basis for comparing the application of this phenomenon with the maxim
of quantity(Grice,1975).

The thesis argues that semantic redundancies can only be explained if they
are studied from the perceptional point of view. So, during the work,
perceptional redundancies are introduced in contrast with produced ones.

The thesis emphasizes that careful consideration must be made about the
difference between semantic and pragmatic redundancies. That is to say,
theoretically it is possible to classify semantic redundancies to different
types, but it is not very likely if they are considered in their usage. In
other words, the thesis claims that since every single word in any language
is used to convey an explicit or implicit meaning, there is no
informational redundant utterance in communication on account of speakers
meaning. While some types of informational redundant utterances are
beneficial to convey an implicit meaning of the message, most are
beneficial in facilitating the process of perception in the listeners' mind.

Conversants are constantly trying to communicate with the least amount of
effort, but they also try to follow the cooperative principle in their
communication.That is to say, regarding the cooperative principle between
the speaker and the listener, it is possible to interpret that the economy
principle in linguistics acts bilaterally in production and perception.
Speakers devote their choice of using the least amount of effort in order
to give this chance to the listeners. Therefore, they produce redundant
utterances to prevent redundant perception processes in the listeners' mind. 





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