Structural Texture and Pragmatic Implications of Exclamations in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

Ayad Hammad Ali

Abstract


   The present paper sheds some light upon the pragmatic implications that can be deduced from the exclamations employed by the notable author William Shakespeare in his play Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare’s recruitment of exclamation in a distinctive way accruing two types of personal attitudes, negative and positive. The gushing exploitation of exclamatives with their ambivalent structures conveys the speaker’s implicit meanings incorporated in these structures bannered by the exclamation mark. To capture that implicit meaning cherished in an exclamative structure is based on the context of situation in which it is uttered, but without the context of situation this permits a range of different interpretations where some of them are totally unrelated or irrelevant to the speaker’s real intentions. For example, the word ‘much!’ without a context, it could mean the speaker wants more of something, but with a context it could mean incredulity or scorn.


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exclamation, interjection, speech acts, and implicature.

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