Over the past twenty years, relevance theory has become a key area of study within semantics and pragmatics. In this comprehensive new textbook, Billy Clark introduces the key elements of the theory and how they interconnect. The book is divided into two parts – the first providing an overview of the essential machinery of the theory, and the second exploring how the original theory has been extended, applied and critically discussed. Clark offers a systematic framework for understanding the theory from the basics up, building a complete picture and providing the basis for advanced research across a range of topics. With this book, students will understand the fundamentals of relevance theory, its origins in the work of Grice, the relationship it has to other approaches, and its place within recent developments and debates.Read more
- Offers a systematic framework for understanding the theory
- Shows the origins of relevance theory in the work of Grice, the relationship it has to other approaches and its place within recent developments and debates for a comprehensive overview of the subject
- Worked examples in the text support student learning and exercises test understanding
- Further resources are available on the web (at www.cambridge.org/billyclark) to complete the teaching package, including a discussion of each exercise, suggested solutions and extra exercises
Reviews & endorsements
Advance Praise: 'A beautifully clear, insightful and entertaining overview of relevance theory, which takes readers from first principles to recent developments in a warm, witty and fair-minded way. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in how communication works.' --Deirdre Wilson, University College London
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: August 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521702416
- length: 420 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 173 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.84kg
- contains: 21 b/w illus. 3 tables 60 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Overview:
1. A first outline
2. Origins and alternatives: Grice, relevance theory and modern pragmatics
3. Principles of relevance
4. Explaining inferences
Part II. Details and Developments:
5. Explicature and implicature
6. Types of explicature
7. Types of implicature
8. Lexical pragmatics
9. Figurative language: metaphor
10. Figurative language: irony
11. Linguistic semantics
12. Conclusion: applications and recent developments
Appendix: key notions of relevance theory.
Find resources associated with this titleYour search for '' returned .
Type Name Unlocked * Format Size
This title is supported by one or more locked resources. Access to locked resources is granted exclusively by Cambridge University Press to instructors whose faculty status has been verified. To gain access to locked resources, instructors should sign in to or register for a Cambridge user account.
Please use locked resources responsibly and exercise your professional discretion when choosing how you share these materials with your students. Other instructors may wish to use locked resources for assessment purposes and their usefulness is undermined when the source files (for example, solution manuals or test banks) are shared online or via social networks.
Supplementary resources are subject to copyright. Instructors are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use them for commercial gain.
If you are having problems accessing these resources please contact email@example.com.
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×