Genre, Relevance and Global Coherence: The Pragmatics of Discourse Type / Edition 1

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Genre, Relevance and Global Coherence seeks to explain how discourse types or genre may influence the addressee's inferential processes in identifying the communicator's intention. It examines global coherence-based accounts as well as proposals based on Gricean pragmatics, arguing that the key to a solution lies in the interplay of the cognitive and communicative principles of relevance proposed by Sperber & Wilson. It unravels intricate relations between cognitive mechanisms, communicative principles and expectations of relevance in complex ostensive stimuli such as texts.

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Meet the Author

CHRISTOPH UNGER has been working with SIL International since 1992 on linguistic fieldwork and the training and supervision of translators.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• Global Coherence and Global Discourse Relations
• Topic-based Approaches to Global Coherence
• Global Coherence and Grounding In Discourse
• Expectations of Relevance
• Expectations of Relevance, Implicit Questioning in Discourse, and Genre
• Empirical Issues in Global Coherence and Discourse Typology
• Genre in Code-based Theories of Communication
• Conversational Maxims and Genre
• A Re-analysis of Genre and its Implications for Pragmatics
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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