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(2018) Meaning and truth in African philosophy, Dordrecht, Springer.

Pragmatic semantics and chichewa proverbs

Grivas Muchineripi Kayange

pp. 17-31

This chapter investigates the semantics of Chichewa proverbs using insights from contemporary philosophy of language. It is argued that the structure of different proverbs reveal a great deal of metaphorical conceptualisation from the literal and non-literal source domains to a targeted context of use. It is further argued that, using the use-theorists approach, utterance-use meaning is a consequence of the intention of the creator of a proverb, the speaker's intention and the hearer's recognition of the speaker's intention in a particular context. The use of proverbs, suggests that they are a special type of speech acts that are used in communication.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01962-4_2

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Muchineripi Kayange, G. (2018). Pragmatic semantics and chichewa proverbs, in Meaning and truth in African philosophy, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 17-31.

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