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This contribution to Palgrave's 'Advances' series addresses a wide range of issues that have arisen in post-Gricean pragmatic theory and presents a range of theoretical positions and approaches. Distinguished authors whose work is well known as lying at the interface of language, logic, linguistics, psychology and cognitive science contribute to the current lively debate within the field, with considerations of relevance theory, neo-Gricean pragmatics, optimality - theoretic pragmatics and experimental work. Among the specific topics covered are scalar implicature, lexical semantics and pragmatics, concepts and concept-adjustment, indexicality, speech acts, procedural meaning and the notion of 'constraint', the explicature-implicature distinction, numerical expressions, the semantics and pragmatics of negation and negative polarity items, and whether successful communication involves 'shared content'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403986993
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Series: Palgrave Advances Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

NOEL BURTON-ROBERTS is Professor of English Language and Linguistics, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of Analysing Sentences: Introduction to English Syntax, Phonological Knowledge: Conceptual and Empirical Issues (with Philip Carr and Gerard Docherty) and The Limits to Debate: A Revised Theory of Semantic Presupposition. He is the series editor (with Maggie Tallerman) for Palgrave Macmillan's Modern Linguistics series, and (with Richard Breheny) of Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition.

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Table of Contents

Series preface     vii
Notes on contributors     ix
Introduction   Noel Burton-Roberts     1
On a pragmatic explanation of negative polarity licensing   Jay David Atlas     10
Regressions in pragmatics (and semantics)   Kent Bach     24
Constraints, concepts and procedural encoding   Diane Blakemore     45
Optimality theoretic pragmatics and the explicature/implicature distinction   Reinhard Blutner     67
Varieties of semantics and encoding: negation, narrowing/loosening and numericals   Noel Burton-Roberts     90
Relevance theory and shared content   Herman Cappelen   Ernie Lepore     115
Concepts and word meaning in relevance theory   Marjolein Groefsema     136
Neo-gricean pragmatics: a manichaean manifesto   Laurence R. Horn     158
The why and how of experimental pragmatics: the case of 'scalar inferences'   Ira Noveck   Dan Sperber     184
Indexicality, context and pretence: a speech-act theoretic account   Francois Recanati     213
A unitary approach to lexical pragmatics: relevance, inference and ad hoc concepts   Deirdre Wilson   Robyn Carston     230
Index     260
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