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Intention, Convention, and Principle in the Failure of Gricean Theory

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038065

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  • H. P. Grice's theory of implicature provides the leading paradigm for research in pragmatics. Wayne Davis argues controversially that Gricean theory does not work. In developing his argument the author explains that the psycho-social principles actually define the social function of implicature conventions, which contribute to the satisfaction of those principles. By offering a searching and systematic critique of one of the established doctrines in the philosophy of language, this challenging book will be of particular importance to philosophers of language and linguists, especially those working in pragmatics and socio-linguistics.

    • Argues against theories of H. P. Grice that have dominated the field of pragmatics
    • Genuine interdisciplinary interest to philosophers of language and linguists
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    " insightful, meticulously researched and challenging work that no student of pragmatics can afford not to master." Philosophy and Phenomenological

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    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038065
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.286kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Concept and Theory:
    1. The concept of implicature
    2. Theoretical importance
    3. Gricean theory
    4. Grice's razor
    5. Sufficiency
    Part II. Differentiation:
    6. Quantity implicatures
    7. Tautology implicatures
    8. Conjunction implicatures
    9. Idioms
    10. Non-Gricean speech
    Part III. Determinacy and Calculability:
    11. Background constraints
    12. The meaning constraint problem
    13. The rhetorical figure problem
    14. 'Indeterminate' implicatures
    15. Relevance implicatures
    16. Close-but implicatures
    17. Quantity implicatures: the possibility of ignorance
    18. Quantity implicatures: other possibilities
    19. Tautology implicatures
    20. Conjunction implicatures
    21. Conflicting principles
    22. 'Relevance' theory
    23. Modal implicatures
    Part IV. Presumption and Mutual Knowledge:
    24. The cooperative presumption condition
    25. The presumption of relevance
    26. Mutual knowledge
    27. Meaning versus communication
    28. Implicature and inference
    29. The recognition of implicature
    Part V. The Existence of Implicature Conventions:
    30. Conventions
    31. Quantity implicatures
    32. Tautology implicatures
    33. Conjunction implicatures
    34. Disjunction implicatures
    35. Modal implicatures
    36. Figures of speech
    37. Relevance implicatures
    38. Close-but implicatures
    39. Manner implicatures
    40. Interrogative and imperative implicatures
    Part VI. The Nature of Implicature Conventions:
    41. First-order versus second-order semantic conventions
    42. Idioms
    43. Indirect speech-act conventions
    44. The role of conversational principles
    45. The principle of antecedent relation
    46. The universality of implicature conventions
    47. Conclusion

  • Author

    Wayne A. Davis, Georgetown University, Washington DC

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