Relevance Theory

In this section, I have discussed mainly (b), in order to give a rough idea of how contexts can be accommodated in relevance theory. In the next section, I will illustrate how such assumptions are accessed, by using the examples of ...

Author: Robyn Carston

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027250490

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

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This collection of papers arises from a meeting of relevance theorists held in Osaka, May 29-30, 1993. It presents the full breadth of relevance theory, both in its applications to problems of utterance interpretation, that fall within the domain of pragmatics, and its implications for linguistic semantics. Several papers investigate and assess the theory's account of figurative uses of language, such as irony, metaphor and metonymy. Other central pragmatic issues include a relevance-driven account of generalized implicature, the role of bridging implicatures in reference assignment, the way in which different intonation patterns contribute to the relevance of an utterance, and the application of the theory to literary texts. The recently developed semantic distinction between conceptually and procedurally encoded meaning, motivated by relevance-theoretic considerations, is employed in new accounts of several Japanese particles and in a fresh perspective on the phenomenon of metalinguistic negation.

Relevance Theory

Noveck and Sperber (2007: 196) summarise different predictions made by 'GCI theories' ('generalised conversational implicature theories') such as Levinson's and those of relevance theory. Since GCI theories assume default enrichment ...

Author: Billy Clark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107244368

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Over the past twenty years, relevance theory has become a key area of study within semantics and pragmatics. In this comprehensive new textbook, Billy Clark introduces the key elements of the theory and how they interconnect. The book is divided into two parts - the first providing an overview of the essential machinery of the theory, and the second exploring how the original theory has been extended, applied and critically discussed. Clark offers a systematic framework for understanding the theory from the basics up, building a complete picture and providing the basis for advanced research across a range of topics. With this book, students will understand the fundamentals of relevance theory, its origins in the work of Grice, the relationship it has to other approaches, and its place within recent developments and debates.

Relevance Theory

“Is Relevance Theory Asocial?” Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses 11: 157–169. doi:10.14198/raei.1998.11.12 Jary, Mark. 1998b. “Relevance Theory and the Communication of Politeness.” Journal of Pragmatics 30: 1–19.

Author: Manuel Padilla Cruz

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027266484

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 327

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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.

Relevance Theory

Relevance relations in discourse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bordería, Salvador Pons. 2008. Do discourse markers exist? On the treatment of discourse markers in Relevance Theory. Journal of Pragmatics 40: 1411-1434.

Author: Agnieszka Piskorska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443845762

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 380

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The present volume covers a variety of topics which are at the centre of interest in pragmatic research: understanding and believing, reference, politeness, communication problems, stylistics, metaphor, and humour. Next to innovative theoretical proposals, there are interesting analyses and discussions.

Applications of Relevance Theory

2.3 Points of convergence between RT and CBTT What seems to link Relevance Theory and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Theory is their core subject – cognition and communication. Both theories deal with the process of comprehension of ...

Author: Agnieszka Piskorska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443891684

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 345

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The collection of papers discusses various applications of Relevance Theory within several areas of pragmatics and discourse analysis. It covers an array of topics, including the treatment of figurative language, pragmatic markers and lexical pragmatics within Relevance Theory. It also discusses relevance-theoretic analyses of special kinds of discourse, such as discourse emerging from the internet or from psychotherapeutic sessions. The volume will primarily interest relevance theorists and scholars working on the subjects addressed by particular chapters.

Topics on relevance theory

2.3 Processing explicatures and implicatures According to the presuppositions of relevance theory, one of the forms to process explicatures is encoded in language and can be observed in the distinction between conceptual and procedural ...

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Publisher: EDIPUCRS

ISBN: 9788574309569

Category: Cognitive grammar

Page: 159

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Current Issues in Relevance Theory

Relevance Theory: the relevance theoretic approach to linguistic semantics, the re-analysis of a wide range of linguistic and literary topics in terms of the relevance theoretic notion of metarepresentation, the role of context in ...

Author: Villy Rouchota

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027250728

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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Many of the papers included in this volume were first presented at the 5th International Pragmatics Conference held in July 1996 in Me×ico City. Topics covered include: the relevance theoretic approach to lingustic semantics; and the application of theory to the study of sociolinguistic theory.

Relevance Theory Figuration and Continuity in Pragmatics

Ironic metaphor: A case for metaphor's contribution to truth-conditions In E. Wałaszewska, M. Kisielewska-Krysiuk & A. Piskorska (Eds.) In the mind and across minds: A relevance-theoretic perspective on communication and translation (pp ...

Author: Agnieszka Piskorska

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027261199

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 357

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The chapters in this volume apply the methodology of relevance theory to develop accounts of various pragmatic phenomena which can be associated with the broadly conceived notion of style. Some of them are devoted to central cases of figurative language (metaphor, metonymy, puns, irony) while others deal with issues not readily associated with figurativeness (from multimodal communicative stimuli through strong and weak implicatures to discourse functions of connectives, particles and participles). Other chapters shed light on the use of specific communicative styles, ranging from hate speech to humour and humorous irony. Using the relevance-theoretic toolkit to analyse a spectrum of style-related issues, this volume makes a case for the model of pragmatics founded upon inference and continuity, understood as the non-existence of sharply delineated boundaries between classes of communicative phenomena.

Relevance Theoretic Lexical Pragmatics

Metaphor has been mentioned in Chapter 1 as a phenomenon falling within the scope of lexical pragmatics and in Chapter 4 as a kind of loose use, which, according to relevance theory, is part of a continuum. In this chapter, metaphor is ...

Author: Ewa Wałaszewska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443885560

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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This volume is one of the first books to present a comprehensive view of lexical pragmatics, describing its origins, assumptions, scope, methodology and the various approaches to it, focusing specifically on the approach offered by relevance theory. In addition to theoretical considerations, the book discusses particular linguistic expressions and pragmatic phenomena, showing how the relevance-theoretic tools may be used to explore pragmatically motivated changes to lexically encoded meanings. The most recent developments are discussed and questions are asked to indicate directions for further research within this rapidly developing field.

The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences MITECS

Journal of Pragmatics 29 : 57–74 . according to relevance theory , is automatically applied to the on - line processing of ... constrained by expectations of relevance , is the central feature of relevance - theoretic pragmatics .

Author: Robert A. Wilson

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262731444

Category: Psychology

Page: 1096

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Since the 1970s the cognitive sciences have offered multidisciplinary ways of understanding the mind and cognition. The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) is a landmark, comprehensive reference work that represents the methodological and theoretical diversity of this changing field. At the core of the encyclopedia are 471 concise entries, from Acquisition and Adaptationism to Wundt and X-bar Theory. Each article, written by a leading researcher in the field, provides an accessible introduction to an important concept in the cognitive sciences, as well as references or further readings. Six extended essays, which collectively serve as a roadmap to the articles, provide overviews of each of six major areas of cognitive science: Philosophy; Psychology; Neurosciences; Computational Intelligence; Linguistics and Language; and Culture, Cognition, and Evolution. For both students and researchers, MITECS will be an indispensable guide to the current state of the cognitive sciences.