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Thoughts and Utterances: The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication
Introduction. 1. Pragmatics and Linguistic Underdeterminacy: Saying and Meaning. The Underdeterminacy Thesis. Eternal Sentences and Effability. Metarepresentation, Relevance and Pragmatic Inference.Expand
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Thoughts and Utterances
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Informativeness, relevance and scalar implicature
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The main topic of this paper is the phenomenon of scalar implicature. The idea is that, in a wide range of contexts, utterances of the sentences in (a) in each case will communicate the assumption in (b). Expand
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Implicature, explicature and truth-theoretic semantics
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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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Linguistic Meaning, Communicated Meaning and Cognitive Pragmatics
Within the philosophy of language, pragmatics has tended to be seen as an adjunct to, and a means of solving problems in, semantics. A cognitive-scientific conception of pragmatics as a mentalExpand
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Metaphor, relevance and the 'emergent property' issue
The interpretation of metaphorical utterances often results in the attribution of emergent properties, which are neither standardly associated with the individual constituents in isolation norExpand
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XIII—Metaphor: Ad Hoc Concepts, Literal Meaning and Mental Images
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I propose that an account of metaphor understanding which covers the full range of cases has to allow for two routes or modes of processing. Expand
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Enrichment and loosening: complementary processes in deriving the proposition expressed? Linguistisc
One important consequence of the relevance-theoretic view of cognition and communication is the following: we can think many thoughts that our language cannot encode, and we can communicate manyExpand
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Metalinguistic negation and echoic use
The metalinguistic use of 'not' has been brought to prominence by the work of Laurence Horn, who characterizes it as a marked, non-truth- functional use of negation, not reducible to the standardExpand
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