Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Relevance Relations in Discourse
A Study with Special Reference to Sissala

$56.00 (C)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032049

$ 56.00 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Using data from Sissala, a previously unanalyzed language, this book shows that the analysis of text and discourse is best approached from a cognitive rather than a strictly linguistic point of view. In two introductory chapters, Regina Blass argues that Sperber and Wilson's relevance theory, a general account of communication and cognition, sheds more light on conversational data than do alternative linguistic approaches based on such notions as cohesion, coherence, and topic. In subsequent chapters, she discusses the Sissala equivalents of words such as "indeed," "so," "after all," and "also," and compares them with their English, French, and German counterparts. This book offers convincing evidence that although cultural backgrounds may vary considerably, the principles involved in utterance interpretation are universally the same.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "The greatest strength of this book is the originality of the research." Notes on Linguistics

    "B's study contains a host of interesting observations and ideas, and reading it is very thought-provoking and rewarding." Language

    "Regina Blass's book can be recommended to anyone interested in DA on a more advanced level and in particular to students of discourse of an interpretive orientation." Rask

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032049
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.456kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations and symbols
    1. What is discourse?
    2. Relevance theory and discourse
    3. The interpretive-use marker ré
    4. Constraints on relevance and particle typology
    5. Baa: truth-conditional or non-truth-conditional particle?
    6. Defining in Sissala
    7. Meanings and domains of universal quantification
    8. Co-ordination and stylistic effects

  • Author

    Regina Blass

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.