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Relevance and Linguistic Meaning

Relevance and Linguistic Meaning
The Semantics and Pragmatics of Discourse Markers


Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640077

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  • The importance of discourse markers (words like 'so', 'however', and 'well') lies in the theoretical questions they raise about the nature of discourse and the relationship between linguistic meaning and context. They are regarded as being central to semantics because they raise problems for standard theories of meaning, and to pragmatics because they seem to play a role in the way discourse is understood. In this new and important study, Diane Blakemore argues that attempts to analyse these expressions within standard semantic frameworks raise even more problems, while their analysis as expressions that link segments of discourse has led to an unproductive and confusing exercise in classification. She concludes that the exercise in classification that has dominated discourse marker research should be replaced by the investigation of the way in which linguistic expressions contribute to the inferential processes involved in utterance understanding.

    • As well as providing a framework for the analysis of discourse markers, the book addresses broader theoretical issues in semantics and pragmatics
    • Builds on and improves on a framework that has been used for the analysis of discourse markers in a variety of languages
    • After Sperber & Wilson, author is the foremost Relevance theorist in the world and one of the leading pragmatists on the international scene
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    'Relevance and Linguistic Meaning raises a number of interesting and important issues … it is a well-structured and accessibly written book …'. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640077
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Meaning and truth
    2. Non-truth conditional meaning
    3. Relevance and meaning
    4. Procedural meaning
    5. Relevance and discourse

  • Author

    Diane Blakemore, University of Salford
    Diane Blakemore is Professor of Linguistics at the European Studies Research Institute and School of Languages, University of Salford. She is the author of Semantic Constraints on Relevance (1987) and Understanding Utterances (1992), as well as a range of articles in relevance theoretic pragmatics in publications including Journal of Linguistics, Lingua, Pragmatics and Cognition, and Linguistics and Philosophy.

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