Explicit Communication

Author: B. Soria
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230292356
Format: PDF, ePub
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This collection brings about a current interdisciplinary debate on explicit communication. With Robyn Carston's pragmatics at the core of the discussion, special attention is drawn to linguistic under-determinacy, the explicit/implicit divide and also to the construction or recruitment of concepts in on-line utterance comprehension.

Truth without Predication

Author: R. Szekely
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137483296
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This book contains an original analysis of the existential there-sentence from a philosophical-linguistic perspective. At its core is the claim that there-sentences' form is distinct from that of ordinary subject–predicate sentences, and that this fundamental difference explains the construction's unusual grammatical and discourse properties.

Pragmatics Semantics and the Case of Scalar Implicatures

Author: Salvatore Pistoia Reda
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137333286
Format: PDF
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This book is an advanced debate on the nature of scalar implicatures, one of the most popular topics in philosophical linguistics in the last 20 years. Leading theorists in the field offer an up-to-date presentation of the subject in a way that will help readers to orient themselves in the vast literature on the topic.

The Routledge Handbook of Semantics

Author: Nick Riemer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317412451
Format: PDF
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The Routledge Handbook of Semantics provides a broad and state-of-the-art survey of this field, covering semantic research at both word and sentence level. It presents a synoptic view of the most important areas of semantic investigation, including contemporary methodologies and debates, and indicating possible future directions in the field. Written by experts from around the world, the 29 chapters cover key issues and approaches within the following areas: meaning and conceptualisation; meaning and context; lexical semantics; semantics of specific phenomena; development, change and variation. The Routledge Handbook of Semantics is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in this area.

Pragmatics

Author: Noel Burton-Roberts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781403986993
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this book, distinguished authors address a wide range of issues that have arisen in post-Gricean pragmatic theory.

Pragmatics and Grammar

Author: Mira Ariel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521550185
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When using language, many aspects of our messages are left implicit in what we say. While grammar is responsible for what we express explicitly, pragmatics explains how we infer additional meanings. The problem is that it is not always a trivial matter to decide which of the meanings conveyed is explicit (grammatical) and which implicit (pragmatic). Pragmatics and Grammar lays out a methodology for students and scholars to distinguish between the two. It explains how and why grammar and pragmatics combine together in natural discourse, and how pragmatic uses become grammatical in time.

Vagueness and Language Use

Author: P. Égré
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349315741
Format: PDF
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This volume brings together twelve papers by linguists and philosophers contributing novel empirical and formal considerations to theorizing about vagueness. Three main issues are addressed: gradable expressions and comparison, the semantics of degree adverbs and intensifiers (such as 'clearly'), and ways of evading the sorites paradox.

Meaning and Relevance

Author: Deirdre Wilson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052176677X
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When people speak, their words never fully encode what they mean, and the context is always compatible with a variety of interpretations. How can comprehension ever be achieved? Wilson and Sperber argue that comprehension is a process of inference guided by precise expectations of relevance. What are the relations between the linguistically encoded meanings studied in semantics and the thoughts that humans are capable of entertaining and conveying? How should we analyse literal meaning, approximations, metaphors and ironies? Is the ability to understand speakers' meanings rooted in a more general human ability to understand other minds? How do these abilities interact in evolution and in cognitive development? Meaning and Relevance sets out to answer these and other questions, enriching and updating relevance theory and exploring its implications for linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science and literary studies.