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Review of: Assertion by Mark Jary, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 [Web Post]


Matić,  Dejan
Syntax, Typology, and Information Structure, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Matić, D. (2012). Review of: Assertion by Mark Jary, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 [Web Post]. The LINGUIST List. Retrieved from

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Even though assertion has held centre stage in much philosophical and linguistic theorising on language, Mark Jary’s ‘Assertion’ represents the first book-length treatment of the topic. The content of the book is aptly described by the author himself: ''This book has two aims. One is to bring together and discuss in a systematic way a range of perspectives on assertion: philosophical, linguistic and psychological. [...] The other is to present a view of the pragmatics of assertion, with particular emphasis on the contribution of the declarative mood to the process of utterance interpretation.'' (p. 1). The promise contained in this introductory note is to a large extent fulfilled: the first seven chapters of the book discuss many of the relevant philosophical and linguistic approaches to assertion and at the same time provide the background for the presentation of Jary's own view on the pragmatics of declaratives, presented in the last (and longest) chapter.