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Relevance Theory *
This paper outlines the main assumptions of relevance theory (Sperber & Wilson 1985, 1995, 1998, 2002, Wilson & Sperber 2002), an inferential approach to pragmatics. Relevance theory is based on aExpand
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Pragmatics, modularity and mindreading
We would like to thank the participants in the Mind & Language Workshop on Pragmatics and Cognitive Science, and in particular Robyn Carston and Sam Guttenplan, for valuable comments and suggestions. Expand
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A unitary approach to lexical pragmatics: relevance, inference and ad hoc concepts.
According to recent work in the new field of lexical pragmatics, the meanings of words are frequently pragmatically adjusted and fine-tuned in context, so that their contribution to the propositionExpand
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Meaning and Relevance
Introduction: 1. Pragmatics Part I. Relevance and Meaning: 2. The mapping between the mental and the public lexicon 3. Truthfulness and relevance 4. Rhetoric and relevance 5. A deflationary accountExpand
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Relevance and lexical pragmatics
A common problem for linguists, philosophers and psychologists is that linguistically specified ('literal') word meanings are often modified in use. The literal meaning may be narrowed (e.g. drinkExpand
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New directions for research on pragmatics and modularity
  • D. Wilson
  • Computer Science, Sociology
  • 1 August 2005
We propose an alternative, relevance-theoretic account on which mind-reading is a dedicated inferential module, and pragmatics is a sub-module of the mind- reading module, with its own special-purpose principles and mechanisms. Expand
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The mapping between the mental and the public lexicon (Reprint of Sperber & Wilson 1998)
We argue that the presence of a word in an utterance serves as starting point for a relevance guided inferential process that results in the construction of a contextually appropriate sense. Expand
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Recent approaches to bridging: truth, coherence, relevance
This paper considers three recent approaches to bridging reference, based on notions of truth, coherence and relevance, and shows how the intuitions behind these approaches might be explained on a relevance-theoretic account. Expand
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1 The Conceptual-Procedural Distinction: Past, Present and Future
The aim of this chapter is to reassess the conceptual-procedural distinction as it has been drawn in relevance theory in the light of the last twenty years' research, and to suggest some possibleExpand
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Linking Field Experiments to Long-Term Simulation of Impacts of Nitrogen Deposition on Heathlands and Moorlands
The results from three long-term field manipulation studies of the impacts of increased nitrogen deposition (0–120 kg N ha−1 yr−1) on lowland and upland heathlands in the UK were compared, to test ifExpand
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