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Re: Levinsons's "Pragmatics"

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, August 25, 2005, 19:09
Tom Chappell wrote:
> > "overhearers" can be present only without the speaker knowing, so > overhearers *cannot* be referred to as such in direct speech. > > [snip] > > Actually, I'm pretty sure "overhearers" can be present with the explicit > or implicit knowledge of the speaker and/or the addressee.
(snipalot) Actually, there is a difference between "overhearing" (accidental, speaker can be aware that people not involved in the discourse can hear it-- e.g. in a restaurant setting or (my experience :-(( ) in a brokerage: some brokers will make of point of touting a [bad] stock in a loud voice...precisely so that listeners will take the bait) and "listening in ~eavesdropping" (deliberate, often secretive-- speaker may or may not be aware it's happening). No??? (Just a quick first impression; sorry to say I didn't really read all the post....)