Linguistic Meaning, Communicated Meaning and Cognitive Pragmatics

@article{Carston2002LinguisticMC,
  title={Linguistic Meaning, Communicated Meaning and Cognitive Pragmatics},
  author={Robyn Carston},
  journal={Mind \& Language},
  year={2002},
  volume={17},
  pages={127-148}
}
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 mental processing system responsible for interpreting ostensive communicative stimuli (specifically, verbal utterances) has effected a transformation in the pragmatic issues pursued and the kinds of explanation offered. Taking this latter perspective, I compare two distinct proposals on the kinds of processes… 
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