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Pragmatics and modularity

  title={Pragmatics and modularity},
  author={Deirdre Wilson and Dan Sperber},
The causal chains of culture Members of a human group are bound with one another by multiple flows of information. (Here we use " information " in a broad sense that includes not only the content of people's knowledge, but also that of their beliefs, assumptions, fictions, rules, norms, skills, maps, images, and so on.) This information is materially realized in the mental representations of the people, and in their public productions, that is, their cognitively guided behaviors and the… 

Pragmatics, modularity and mindreading

Pragmatic studies of verbal communication start from the assumption that an essential feature of most human communication is the expression and recognition of intentions, and that the hearer infers the speaker’s intended meaning from evidence she has provided for this purpose.

Relevance Theory

  • Deirdre Wilson
  • Psychology
    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics
  • 2019
Relevance theory is a cognitive approach to pragmatics which starts from two broadly Gricean assumptions: (a) that much human communication, both verbal and non-verbal, involves the overt expression

Grammaticalization as the Fossilization of Constraints on Interpretation: Towards a Single Theory of Communication, Cognition, and the Development of Language *

Combining insights from work on Relevance Theory, contextualizations cues, 'emergent grammar', and grammaticalization, this paper argues that inference is the basis of all communication, and of all

Is Verbal Communication a Purely Preservative Process

In a recent paper titled "Content Preservation" (1993), Tyler Burge argues that certain psychological processes play a purely preservative role, and not a justificatory role. Burge's claim is that

Constraining Explicit and Implicit Content by Means of a Norwegian Scalar Particle

  • T. Fretheim
  • Linguistics
    Nordic Journal of Linguistics
  • 2000
It is argued that så encodes a procedure for the addressee to follow in his inferential processing of the linguistic signal, and the principle behind the scalar ranking is argued to be highly context-dependent.

1 Does Linguistic Communication Rest on Inference ? *

It is often claimed that, because of semantic underdetermination, one can determine the content of an utterance only by appealing to pragmatic considerations concerning what the speaker means, what

Is There A Priori Knowledge by Testimony

In a series of recent papers, Tyler Burge (1993, 1997, 1999) draws an analogy between the perceptual processes normally involved in the acquisition of belief from others, and the memory processes

Relevance-theoretic pragmatics and modularity *

An interesting issue for any mentalist approach to pragmatics is whether the utterance comprehension system is an autonomous processor within the overall cognitive system or consists of processes

Pragmatics, modularity and epistemic vigilance

This paper addresses the question of the place of pragmatic abilities in the overall architecture of the mind. Until recently, pragmatics was assumed to be part of a non-modular, unencapsulated,



Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories

The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood

On anthropological knowledge

The Selfish gene The extended phenotype

  • The Selfish gene The extended phenotype
  • 1976

Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science

  • Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science