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Permission statements contain occurrences of a certain one-place existential operator which are often concealed in the surface structure; Represent this operator by the letter 'F'. And call F the 'focus-operator' as it is its function to 'move' the sub-formula which stands within its scope into focus and thereby subject it to the particular semantic-pragmatic operation which is associated with the mode, or pragmatic function. It has been a tacit assumption behind most formal analyses of natural language that at least all assertions have the same pragmatic function. The semantical analysis of natural language is of fundamentally greater complexity than is imagined by those who believe that describe the semantics of at least the declarative parts of natural languages by theories which are based on no other concepts than those of satisfaction and truth.

Keywords:language; permission; pragmatic; semantics



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