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Relevance and Linguistic Meaning
The Semantics and Pragmatics of Discourse Markers

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521607711

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  • The importance of discourse markers (words like "so," "however," and "well") lies in the theoretical questions they raise about the nature of discourse and the relationship between linguistic meaning and context. Diane Blakemore asserts that the exercise in classification that has dominated discourse marker research should be replaced by the investigation of the way in which linguistic expressions contribute to the inferential processes involved in utterance understanding.

    • As well as providing a framework for the analysis of discourse markers, the book addresses broader theoretical issues in semantics and pragmatics
    • Builds on and improves on a framework that has been used for the analysis of discourse markers in a variety of languages
    • After Sperber & Wilson, author is the foremost Relevance theorist in the world and one of the leading pragmatists on the international scene
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    'Relevance and Linguistic Meaning raises a number of interesting and important issues … it is a well-structured and accessibly written book …'. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521607711
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Meaning and truth
    2. Non-truth conditional meaning
    3. Relevance and meaning
    4. Procedural meaning
    5. Relevance and discourse

  • Author

    Diane Blakemore, University of Salford
    Diane Blakemore is Professor of Linguistics at the European Studies Research Institute and School of Languages, University of Salford. She is the author of Semantic Constraints on Relevance (1987) and Understanding Utterances (1992), as well as a range of articles in relevance theoretic pragmatics in publications including Journal of Linguistics, Lingua, Pragmatics and Cognition, and Linguistics and Philosophy.

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