Relevance Theory—New Directions and Developments

  title={Relevance Theory—New Directions and Developments},
  author={R. Carston and G. Powell},
  • R. Carston, G. Powell
  • Published 2008
  • Computer Science
  • As a post-Gricean pragmatic theory, Relevance Theory (RT) takes as its starting point the question of how hearers bridge the gap between sentence meaning and speaker meaning. That there is such a gap has been a given of linguistic philosophy since Grice’s (1967) Logic and Conversation. But the account that relevance theory offers of how this gap is bridged, although originating as a development of Grice’s co-operative principle and conversational maxims, differs from other broadly Gricean… CONTINUE READING
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