Philippe de Brabanter argues in this important paper that a theory of quotation needs to be pragmatic and to start with the notion of ‘depiction’. I agree with the first claim, but the second one needs further clarification. De Brabanter argues that demonstrations (for example, using a tennis racket to demonstrate aspects of Hendrix’s guitar playing) depict; but paintings and sculptures are also said to depict – and exactly how is a hot topic in the literature on aesthetics. Another worry is the lack of a clear distinction in the paper between pure quotation and direct reports. There is no doubt, however, that De Brabanter’s paper is a valuable challenge to everyone working on quotation.
|Title of host publication||Semantics and pragmatics: drawing a Line|
|Editors||I. Depraetere, Raphael Salkie|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
|Name||Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences|
Salkie, R. (2017). Demonstrating vs. depicting: reply to Philippe De Brabanter. In I. Depraetere, & R. Salkie (Eds.), Semantics and pragmatics: drawing a Line (pp. 255-263). (Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32247-6_15