Vagueness and approximation in relevance theory

  title={Vagueness and approximation in relevance theory},
  author={Nathalie Franken},
  journal={Journal of Pragmatics},
  • Nathalie Franken
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Abstract Relevance theory (Sperber and Wilson, 1986) analyzes vagueness and approximation as instances of loose talk, which involve less than literal interpretations of thoughts. This approach has been developed by Reboul (1989), who tried to account for the interpretive use of concepts. This paper evaluates these proposals and shows that they leave many questions unanswered, especially about the very nature of interpretive use and the identification of speech acts. It is also claimed that… CONTINUE READING
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