last changed in 2002

One of the controversial features of WG is that it allows the grammar to include sociolinguistic information about speakers and addressees because the relationships `speaker' and `addressee' are available (and are used elsewhere, notably in treating deixis). For example, it is possible to include both PAVEMENT and SIDEWALK in the same grammar, but to show that they are used by different kinds of people - i.e. (roughly speaking) that they belong to different 'dialects':

[1] The speaker of PAVEMENT isa Brit.

[2] The speaker of SIDEWALK isa American.

In principle it should be possible to give similar kinds of information about registers (e.g. formality and other matters of `style'), but it is still unclear how to do this.

See also: quantitative links, reduced verb.







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