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Language and its Effects

Proceedings from the 31st International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

The effects of language are numerous. Some are known and have been described, other effects are intuitive and are still waiting to be understood, explained and predicted, while – possibly – there might be more effects that we are still unaware of. The book brings together 16 contributions organized into two main sections: The first one relates to the issue of the effects of language in the FL classroom. The second one can, broadly speaking, be subsumed under the heading of sociolinguistics, given that it brings together a number of papers exploring the effects of language on society and/or on the individual. The answers to the questions have been provided by linguists – theoreticians and practitioners - from multiple perspectives. Thus, the conclusions and invitations for further research put forth in the papers collected in this book, should be of use to anyone with an interest in the effects of language, from cognitive scientists to FL teachers.

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Pragmatics and semantics of the verb misliti (Mihaela Matešić / Anita Memišević / Marija Brala-Vukanović)

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Mihaela Matešić, Anita Memišević & Marija Brala-Vukanović

University of Rijeka Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences mmatesic@ffri.hr, amemisevic@ffri.hr, mbrala@ffri.hr

Pragmatics and semantics of the verb misliti

Abstract: One of the key goals of human communication is related to the interlocutors’ trying to ‘make their minds meet’, i.e. trying to make the representations in the minds of the communicators become sufficiently compatible as to allow for the undisturbed flow of communicative exchange. This involves finding a way to make our inner worlds available to others, as well as finding ways to gain insights into the minds of our interlocutors. This attempt to inform others about the (results of) processes in one’s own mind results in constant decisions relative to linguistic choice. Given the above, we find that an analysis of cognitive verbs – in our case the Croatian verb misliti, a verb that is etymologically linked to the naming of a wide array of activities of conscious cognitive processes – might be revealing of a series of communicative and possibly cognitive universals. Indeed, we could assume that misliti serves as a cover term for a great number of activities related to cognitive processes. Departing from this assumption, we propose an analysis of the various senses realized by this verb in the Croatian language. In the study we consider both the pragmatic and the semantic aspects of this verb. The main goal of the study is to find out how...

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