Hvorfor siger russerne og, når danskerne siger eller? Dansk logik versus russisk logik

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In this paper, I propose a new approach to phrasal coordination in general and disjunction in particular based on Durst-Andersen’s cognitive-semiotic theory of linguistic supertypes, according to which Russian is a reality-oriented language with a third-person-oriented speaker and Danish is a hearer-oriented language with a second-person-oriented speaker. I claim that the use of conjunction and disjunction in these languages is determined by their essential properties as two different super- types, viz. by the ground-situational nature of linguistic structures in Russian, the grammar of which functions as a model of situations in reality, and by the ground-propositional nature of linguistic structures in Danish, the grammar of which functions as a signal to the hearer to find situations behind the speaker’s information.
Original languageDanish
JournalGlobe: A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication
VolumeSpecial issue 1
Pages (from-to)74-86
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2016

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