quasi-quotation


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quasi-quotation

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(Logic) logic a metalinguistic device for referring to the form of an expression containing variables without referring to the symbols for those variables. Thus while "not p" refers to the expression consisting of the word not followed by the letter p, the quasi-quotation ⌈ not p ⌉ refers to the form of any expression consisting of the word not followed by any value of the variable p.. Usual symbol: or (corners)
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In particular, sarcasm often involves an element of hyperbole which allows us to exaggerate the echoic quasi-quotation to the level of a kind of mock-quotation: (14) sarcasm allows us to mock the speech of others and this means that we are not limited by the same constrains as we found in the quasi-quotational operations evident in CE1 and CE2.