Relevance, Pragmatics and Interpretation

Relevance, Pragmatics and Interpretation

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Bringing together work by leading scholars in relevance theory, this volume showcases cutting-edge research within the theory, and demonstrates its influence across a range of fields including linguistics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, literary studies, developmental psychology and cognitive science. Organised into broad thematic strands that represent the latest research and debates, the volume shows the depth of analysis now possible after nearly forty years of intensive work in developing and applying the principles of relevance theory. The breadth of influence of the framework is reflected in the chapters of the volume, in some cases moving beyond the traditional realms of semantics and pragmatics to include discourse analysis, language acquisition, media and education. The volume will be essential reading for researchers in these fields, as well as for those already working within relevance theory or with other pragmatic theories.

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ISBN-13: 9781108311229
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/18/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Kate Scott is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Kingston University, London. Her research focusses on the pragmatics of reference, with a special interest in the nature and role of procedural meaning.
Billy Clark is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Northumbria University. His research covers a wide range of topics in linguistics and stylistics, with a particular focus on semantics and pragmatics.
Robyn Carston is Professor of Linguistics at University College London. Her main research interests are in pragmatics, semantics, relevance theory, metaphor, and word meaning.

Table of Contents

Introduction Robyn Carston, Billy Clark and Kate Scott; Reflections on the development of relevance theory; Personal notes on a shared trajectory Dan Sperber; The source of relevance Neil Smith; Part I. Relevance Theory and Cognitive Communicative Issues: 1. Scientific tractability and relevance theory Nicholas Allott; 2. Language processing, relevance and questions Richard Breheny; 3. Quasi-factives and cognitive efficiency Axel Barceló and Robert J. Stainton; 4. Evidential explicatures and mismatch resolution Victoria Escandell-Vidal; 5. Representation and metarepresentation in negation Jacques Moeschler; 6. Pronouns in free indirect discourse: a relevance-theoretic account Anne Reboul; 7. The development of pragmatic abilities Myrto Grigoroglou and Anna Papafragou; Part II. Pragmatics and Linguistic Issues: 8. Mood and the analysis of imperative sentences Mark Jary and Mikhail Kissine; 9. The Korean sentence-final Suffix ci as a metarepresentational marker Eun-Ju Noh; 10. Expressive epithets and expressive small clauses Diane Blakemore; 11. Ad Hoc concepts, polysemy and the lexicon Robyn Carston; 12. The polysemy of a Norwegian modal adverb Thorstein Fretheim; 13. Noun-noun compounds from the perspective of relevance theory Anne Bezuidenhout; 14. Procedural syntax Eleni Gregoromichelaki and Ruth Kempson; Part III. Figurative Language and Layered Interpretations: 15. Metaphor and metonymy in acquisition: a relevance-theoretic perspective Ingrid Lossius Falkum; 16. Relevance and metaphor understanding in a second language Elly Ifantidou; 17. Component processes of irony comprehension in children: epistemic vigilance, mind-reading and the search for relevance Tomoko Matsui; 18. Allegory in relation to metaphor and irony Christoph Unger; 19. Slave of the passions: making emotions relevant Tim Wharton and Claudia Strey; 20. Adaptations as communicative acts: a relevance-theoretic perspective Anne Furlong.

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