Pragmatics and non-verbal communication /

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Author / Creator:Wharton, Tim.
Imprint:Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Description:x, 219 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Format: E-Resource Book
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ISBN:9780521870979 (hardback)
0521870976 (hardback)
9780521691444 (pbk.)
0521691443 (pbk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2010. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
Summary:"The way we say the words we say helps us convey our intended meanings. Indeed, the tone of voice we use, the facial expressions and bodily gestures we adopt while we are talking, often add entirely new layers of meaning to those words. How the natural non-verbal properties of utterances interact with linguistic ones is a question that is often largely ignored. This book redresses the balance, providing a unique examination of non-verbal behaviours from a pragmatic perspective. It charts a point of contact between pragmatics, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, ethology and psychology, and provides the analytical basis to answer some important questions: How are non-verbal behaviours interpreted? What do they convey? How can they be best accommodated within a theory of utterance interpretation?"--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Natural pragmatics
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • 2. Natural and non-natural meaning
  • Gricean meaning NN
  • Showing and meaning NN
  • Deliberately shown natural behaviours
  • 3. Pragmatics and the domain of pragmatic principles
  • Relevance theory and the showing-meaning NN continuum
  • Semantic undeterminacy and lexical pragmatics
  • Translational and non-translational activation of concepts
  • 4. Interjections and language
  • Interjections
  • Interjections and concepts
  • Interjections and 'response criesÆ
  • Interjections and meaning: 'what do interjections communicate?Æ
  • Interjections and procedures: 'how do interjections communicate?Æ
  • Interjections and language: 'are interjections part of language?Æ
  • The naturalness of interjections
  • 5. Natural codes
  • Codes, signs and signals
  • What type of information is conveyed by natural codes?
  • Concepts, procedures and meta-procedures
  • 6. Prosody and gesture
  • Prosody
  • What does prosody encode?
  • Gesture
  • 7. Mindreaders
  • Other minds
  • Experimental evidence and future directions
  • 8. The showing-meaning NN continuum and beyond
  • Two 'showing-meaningÆ continua
  • A prince among primates
  • Myths
  • Beyond
  • References
  • Index