This volume contains papers which reflect current discussions in the study of speech actions. The collection was inspired by the papers presented at Meaning, Context and Cognition, the first international conference integrating cognitive linguistics and pragmatics initiated by the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics of the University of Łódź (Poland) in 2011 and held annually. The necessarily heterogeneous field of research into speech actions is approached by the contributors from various perspectives and with focus on different types of data. The papers have been grouped into four sections which subsequently emphasise theoretical linguistics issues, lexical pragmatics, speech act-theoretic problems, and cognitive processes.
About the Author
Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódź (Poland). Her research interests are primarily in the nature of meaning in natural language, theories of speech action and performativity, translation, and the relation between language and the law.
Table of Contents
Contents: Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka: Editorial – Kepa Korta/Maria Ponte: On Times and Contents – Hiroyuki Uchida/Nicholas L Cassimatis: Reasoning Without Explicit Quantifiers – Chris Cummins: Violable Constraints and Scalar Implicature Strength – Tahir Wood: Context, Topic and the Resolution of Polysemy – Joana Garmendia: A Pragmatic Analysis of the Basque Particle «ote» – Larraitz Zubeldia: Particles Versus Verbs as Reporting Devices: Their Truth-conditional Contributions – Matylda Weidner: Towards an Interactional Grammar of Polish: Yes/No Questions and Their Design – Jonathan R. White: The Pragmatics of Reduced Forms in an Internet Community of Practice – Jesús Navarro-Reyes: Intention and Responsibility in Speech Acts – Nicolas Ruytenbeek: Are Indirect Speech Acts Always Conventional? – Katarzyna Jaworska-Biskup: Conceptual Development and the Emergence of Meaning in a Congenitally Blind Child’s Lexicon – Kamila Dębowska-Kozłowska: Intuitive and Reflective Inferencing in Counter-argument Processing – Ewa Wałaszewska: The Butcher-Surgeon Metaphor Revisited: Ad hoc Concepts and Blends.