Retweeting: its linguistic and epistemic value

  title={Retweeting: its linguistic and epistemic value},
  author={Neri Marsili},
This paper analyses the communicative and epistemic value of retweeting (and more generally of reposting content on social media). Against a naïve view, it argues that retweets are not acts of endorsement, motivating this diagnosis with linguistic data. Retweeting is instead modelled as a peculiar form of quotation, in which the reported content is indicated rather than reproduced. A relevance-theoretic account of the communicative import of retweeting is then developed, to spell out the… 

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Please Like This Paper

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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

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