This volume unites various contributions reflecting the intellectual interests exhibited by Professor Herman Parret (Institute of Philosophy, Leuven), who has continued to observe, and often critically assess, ongoing developments in pragmatics throughout his career. In fact, Parret's contributions to philosophical and empirical/linguistic pragmatics present substantive proposals in the epistemics of communication, while simultaneously offering meta-comments on the ideological premises of extant pragmatic analyses. In a lengthy introduction, an overview is provided of his achievements in promoting an integrated, "maximalist" pragmatics, as well as of the links between his own work in philosophy of language and in semiotics and aesthetics. The remaining 12 essays address relevant pragmatic themes or look into the relation between pragmatics and neighboring disciplines.
They deal with grammatical deixis (Brisard, Ikegami) and mood (van der Auwera & Schalley), performativity (Harnish, Holdcroft), speech-act types and their praxeological dimensions (Roulet, Van Overbeke), Wittgensteinian language games (Marques, Parisi), cultural and intercultural identities (Vandenabeele, Verschueren), and the visual arts (Wildgen).
1. Introduction: Mind the gap: Pragmatics and cognition today (by Brisard, Frank); 2. Selected books and articles by Herman Parret in philosophy of language and pragmatics; 3. 1. Pragmatics (standard and not so standard); 4. Ordinaty time (by Brisard, Frank); 5. Performatives as constatives vs. declarations: Some recent issues (by Harnish, Robert M.); 6. 'First/ second vs. third person' and ' first vs. second/ third person': Two types of 'linguistic subjectivity' (by Ikegami, Yoshihiko); 7. De la necessite de prendre en compte la dimension praxeologique a tous les niveaux de l'organisation des discours (by Roulet, Eddy); 8. From optative and subjunctive to irrealis (by Auwera, Johan van der); 9. Quand dire, c'est "faire rire aux depens": Notes sur l'ironie (by Overbeke, Maurice Van); 10. ...& beyond: Art, mind, and community; 11. Pragmatics and evolution (by Holdcroft, David); 12. Expressive language games (by Marques, Antonio); 13. Language as pragmatics: Studying meaning with simulated language games (by Parisi, Domenico); 14. Sharing...But why a language or world? (by Vandenabeele, Bart); 15. Identity as denial of diversity (by Verschueren, Jef); 16. Conceptual innovation in art: Three case studies on Leonardo da Vinci, William Turner, and Henry Moore (by Wildgen, Wolfgang); 17. Index