Intensional profiles and different kinds of human minds. “Case studies” about Hungarian imperative-like sentence types

Gábor Alberti, Judit Kleiber, Zsuzsanna Schnell, Veronika Szabó

University of Pécs, Hungary


Abstract
The paper offers such description of some imperative-like sentence types in potential well-formed Hungarian utterances which includes a parallel representation of the linguistically encoded intensional profiles of the sentence types and actual information states in potential interlocutors’ minds. In our representational dynamic pragmasemantics framework ℜeALIS, we demonstrate the intensional profiles of the five basic and two “fine-tuned” sentence types as members of a system enabling addressers’ of utterances to express their beliefs, desires and intentions concerning the propositional content of the given utterances as well as the addressees’ and other people’s certain beliefs, desires and intentions (concerning the propositional content, too, or each other’s thoughts). We also provide “case studies” in which actual beliefs, desires and intentions in potential interlocutors’ minds are compared to the linguistically encoded intensional profiles of Hungarian imperative-like sentence types. In this context, the listener’s task is to calculate the speaker’s intentions (and hidden motives) on the basis of the mismatches that this comparison reveals. The paper concludes with an insight into our attempts to model the mind of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This latter subproject is relevant since our framework provides solutions to pragmaticosemantic phenomena “at the cost” of undertaking the complex task of actually representing the structure of the human mind itself – which is not impossible but requires an adequate decision of the level of abstraction and the components to be used.

Keywords
discourse representation/markers, mind representation, dynamic pragmatics, autism

Suggested citation

Alberti, Gábor, Judit Kleiber, Zsuzsanna Schnell and Veronika Szabó. 2016. Intensional profiles and different kinds of human minds. “Case studies” about Hungarian imperative-like sentence types. Linguistics Beyond and Within 2: 6-26. Online at: http://lingbaw.com/2016/Gábor-Alberti,Judit-Kleiber,Zsuzsanna-Schnell,Veronika-Szabó.


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