Thoughts and Utterances

  title={Thoughts and Utterances},
  author={Robyn Carston},
The Semantics and Pragmatics of Uummarmiutun Modals
Pragmatic enrichment as coherence raising
This paper concerns the phenomenon of pragmatic enrichment, and has a proposal for predicting the occurrence of such enrichments. The idea is that an enrichment of an expressed content c occurs as a
The relevance of referring expressions: the case of diary drop in English
This thesis offers a pragmatic analysis of subjectless sentences in non-null subject languages, focusing on English ‘diary drop’ (as in ‘Saw a good film yesterday’) and develops a relevance-based account of referring expressions, arguing that it can be done without the machinery of Accessibility Theory and the Givenness Hierarchy.
Shared assumptions: Semantic minimalism and Relevance Theory1
Cappelen & Lepore (2005, 2006a, 2007) note that linguistic communication requires ‘shared content’ and claim that Relevance Theory makes content sharing impossible. This criticism rests upon two
Intercultural Pragmatics
  • 2020
Meaning Underdetermines What Is Said, Therefore Utterances Express Many Propositions
Linguistic meaning underdetermines what is said. This has consequences for philosophical accounts of meaning, communication, and propositional attitude reports. I argue that the consequence we should
Full but not saturated: The myth of mandatory primary pragmatic processes
On the issue of how much pragmatics has to do with what is said, philosophers and linguists divide into the minimalist and contextualist camps. Most members of both camps agree that in utterance
Are mental representations underdeterminacy-free?
This paper argues that the arguments supporting the indispensability of including in one’s theory mental representations that are free of the underdeterminacy exhibited by natural language are not sound and that the possibility that mental representation-types are as underdetermined as natural language sentence-types has not been ruled out.
Logical Metonymy in a Distributional Model of Sentence Comprehension
This paper presents a general distributional model for sentence comprehension inspired by the Memory, Unification and Control model by Hagoort (2013, 2016) and shows that the distributional framework can account for the extra processing costs of logical metonymy and can identify the covert event in a classification task.
A Pragmatic Solution to the Problem of Category Crossing Metaphors
1. IntroductionOne of the most promising recent attempts to explain metaphorical language construes the inter pr etation of metaphor as utilizing, in context, certain pragmatic processes by which