Schlenker, Philippe. 2007. "Expressive Presuppositions"
(5-page note on Potts's 'Expressive Dimension', for Theoretical Linguistics).
paper in pdf]
Abstract: Potts (2005, 2007) has argued that expressives
such as honky
must be analyzed using an entirely new dimension of meaning. We explore
a more conservative theory in which expressives are
expressions [Macià 2002] that are indexical and attitudinal (and sometimes shiftable): they predicate
something of the mental state of the agent of the context (and this
need not always be the agent of the actual
Following Stalnaker's recent work on informative presuppositions
(2002), we argue that the presuppositions triggered by expressives are automatically satisfied (=
'self-fulfilling'), hence the impression that they are not standard