ERIC Number: ED053595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Semantic Basis of Do So.
The thesis of this paper is that the "do so" test described by Lakoff and Ross (1966) is a test of the speaker's belief system regarding the relationship of verbs to their surface subject, and that judgments of grammaticality concerning "do so" are based on the speaker's underlying semantic beliefs. ("Speaker" refers here to both speakers and hearers of English, as the context requires.) Two conclusions of the arguments presented here are: (1) "do so" always refers to at least the basic action of the verb (the conceptual elements which are always present or implied when it is used); and (2) the use of "do so" is based on the speaker's conception of the referent verb as an activity "brought about," at least in part, by the sentence subject. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: In Working Papers in Linguistics, v3 n3 p110-132 Mar 1971