[lit-ideas] Re: "Sure" (Was: Jenny)

  • From: "T E Fjeld" <torgfje2@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 18:09:14 +0200

On 5 Sep 2004 at 8:19, Ceridwen Harris wrote:
> A; Do you mind if I smoke? -( Politely asking permission to smoke) 
> B: Sure ( acknowledges not the sentence but the intent behind it,
> hence the response 'Sure' -= ' Certainly you may, go ahead' , politely
> giving permission). 
> The second speaker is responding to the unspoken..both speakers are
> using formulae. This is as Robert Paul describes the situation. 

But how to determine the intention (sing.)? How well acquianted are we 
with A, one wonders?


T E Fjeld
Roehampton University

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