Relevance theory : recent developments, current challenges and future directions /

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Imprint:Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2016]
Description:vi, 327 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:Pragmatics & beyond new series, 0922-842X ; volume 268
Pragmatics & beyond ; new ser., 268.
Format: E-Resource Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Padilla Cruz, Manuel editor.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:How hearers arrive at intended meaning, which elements encode processing instructions in certain languages, how procedural meaning and prosody interact, how diverse types of utterances are interpreted, how epistemic vigilance mechanisms work, which linguistic elements assist those mechanisms, how a critical attitude to information and informers develops when a second language is learnt, or why some perlocutionary effects originate are some of the varied issues that have intrigued pragmatists, and relevance theorists in particular, and continue to fuel research. In this collection readers will discover new proposals based on the cognitive framework put forward by Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson three decades ago. Their gripping, insightful and stimulating discussions, combined in some cases with meticulous and in-depth analyses, show the directions relevance theory has recently followed. Moreover, this collection also unveils fruitful and promising interactions with areas like morphology, prosody, language typology, interlanguage pragmatics, machine translation, or rhetoric and argumentation, and avenues for future research.
Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Three decades of relevance theory
  • 3. Part I: Issues on procedural meaning and procedural analyses
  • 4. The\speaker's derivational intention
  • 5. Cracking the chestnut
  • 6. Reference assignment in pronominal argument languages
  • 7. Conceptual and procedural information for verb tense disambiguation
  • 8. Part II: Discourse issues
  • 9. Relevance theory and contextual sources-centred analysis of irony
  • 10. Distinguishing rhetorical from ironical questions
  • 11. Part III: Interpretive processes
  • 12. Relevance theory, epistemic vigilance and pragmatic competence
  • 13. Evidentials, genre and epistemic vigilance
  • 14. Part IV: Rhetorical and perlocutionary effects of communication
  • 15. Rhetoric and cognition
  • 16. Perlocutionary effects and relevance theory
  • 17. Conclusion
  • 18. Some directions for future research in relevance-theoretic pragmatics
  • 19. Contributors
  • 20. Index