Thoughts and Utterances: The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication / Edition 1

Thoughts and Utterances: The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication / Edition 1

by Robyn Carston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631214887

ISBN-13: 9780631214885

Pub. Date: 11/04/2002

Publisher: Wiley


Thoughts and Utterances is the first sustained investigation of two distinctions which are fundamental to all theories of utterance understanding: the semantics/pragmatics distinction and the distinction between what is explicitly communicated and what is implicitly communicated.

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Thoughts and Utterances is the first sustained investigation of two distinctions which are fundamental to all theories of utterance understanding: the semantics/pragmatics distinction and the distinction between what is explicitly communicated and what is implicitly communicated.

  • Features the first sustained investigation of both the semantics/pragmatics distinction and the distinction between what is explicitly and implicitly communicated in speech.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631214885
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/04/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
3.94(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Pragmatics and Linguistic Underdeterminacy:.

Saying and Meaning.

The Underdeterminacy Thesis.

Eternal Sentences and Effability.

Metarepresentation, Relevance and Pragmatic Inference.

Underdeterminacy, Truth Conditions and the Semantics/Pragmatics Distinction.

Radical Underdeterminacy and the Background.

Underdeterminacy of Thought?.

Summary.

2. The Explicit/Implicit Distinction:.

Semantics/Pragmatics Distinction.

Grice: Saying/Implicating.

Sperber and Wilson: Relevance-theoretic Distinctions.

Travis and Recanati: Enriched ‘What is Said'.

Bach: What is Said/Impliciture/Implicature.

Pragmatic Meaning: Enrichment or Implicature?.

Postscript: Hidden Indexicals or ‘Free Enrichment?.

Conclusion: From Generative Semantics to Pro-active Pragmatics.

3. The Pragmatics of 'And'-Conjunction:.

Preserving the Truth-functionality of 'And'.

A Relevance-based Pragmatics of Conjunction.

The Semantic Alternatives.

Cognitive Fundamentals: Causality and Explanation.

Relevance Relations and Units of Processing.

Processing Effort and Iconicity.

Residual Issues.

Conclusion: From Generalized Conversational Implicature.

4. The Pragmatics of Negation:.

Some Data and Some Distinctions.

Semantic Ambiguity Analyses.

Strong Pragmatic Analyses.

‘Presupposition'-cancelling Negation and Metalinguistic Negation.

The Pragmatics of ‘Presupposition'-Denial.

Conclusion: From Multiple Semantic Ambiguity to Univocal Semantics and Pragmatic Enrichment.

5. The Pragmatics of On-line Concept Construction:.

Encoded Concepts and Communicated Concepts.

A Symmetrical Account of Narrowing and Broadening.

Metaphor: Loose Use and Ad Hoc Concepts.

Word Meaning and Concepts.

Conclusion: The Long Road from Linguistically Encoded Meaning to the Thought(s) Explicitly Communicated.

Appendix 1: Relevance Theory Glossary.

Appendix 2: Gricean Conversational Principles.

References.

Index.

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