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  1. M56
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    Communicative meaning

    It has been said that certain actions are intrinsically endowed with a communicative meaning (see below for a definition). Would you say that is true and can apply to certain sentences, utterances and expressions?

    Definition (in the linguistic sense of the word): communicative meaning, i.e. the meaning of an utterance as a linguistic activity: e.g. requesting, ordering, asserting etc..

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    Re: Communicative meaning

    Do you mean that they are endowed with a single communicative meaning?


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    Re: Communicative meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Do you mean that they are endowed with a single communicative meaning?
    Stay away from decaf! I would say yes and that it is part of learning a language not vocabulary and grammar.

  3. M56
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    Re: Communicative meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Do you mean that they are endowed with a single communicative meaning?
    No, no. They may have several meanings.

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    Re: Communicative meaning

    I'd agree with this- am I missing something behind your question? What do you have in mind?

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