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Referring Expressions, Pragmatics, and Style

Referring Expressions, Pragmatics, and Style
Reference and Beyond

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  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107177574

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  • Reference is a major theme in the study of language and language use. Providing a relevance-theoretic account of reference resolution, this book develops our understanding of procedurally encoded meaning by exploring its function and role in reference resolution. A range of referring expressions are discussed, including definite descriptions, demonstratives and pronouns. Existing work on the pragmatics of reference has largely focused on how reference is resolved. However, speakers can do much more than just secure reference when they use a referring expression. A speaker's choice of expression might communicate information about their attitudes and their emotions, and referring expressions can also be used to create stylistic and poetic effects. The analyses in this book widen the focus to consider these broader effects, and the discussions and arguments presented take seriously the idea that referring expressions can contribute to meaning and communication in a way that goes beyond reference.

    • Clear examples and analyses provide an accessible approach to readers who may be unfamiliar with the relevance-theoretic pragmatic framework
    • Provides those working in stylistics and discourse analysis with a pragmatic account of reference, applying the ideas to literary examples throughout
    • Forges links between different linguistics sub-disciplines, encouraging cross-disciplinary work and collaboration
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107177574
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Reference and meaning
    2. Relevance, reference and procedures
    3. Pragmatic activation accounts of reference and referring
    4. Definite descriptions and definite procedures
    5. Pronouns and sub-personal procedures
    6. Null referring expressions
    7. Demonstratives
    8. Reference and beyond

  • Author

    Kate Scott, Kingston University, London
    Kate Scott is a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University, London. She has published widely on reference, prosody and the pragmatics of online communication and is joint editor of Relevance, Pragmatics and Interpretation (Cambridge, forthcoming).

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