New Perspectives on Utterance Interpretation and Implicit Contents
For some years now, meanings that are communicated implicitly have been the target of intense theoretical debate and considerable empirical examination. However, it is mainly during the last decade that scholars started covering a range of topics from a variety of perspectives, weaving together fields such as logics, semantics, pragmatics, and psychology. For example, researchers increasingly challenged notions widely referred to by linguists such as explicit/implicit meaning, direct/indirect speech acts in the light of psychological plausibility. Some of them even questioned the kind of methodology used in traditional experimental psycholinguistics. The papers gathered in this volume specifically address the most important issues related to implicit contents and utterance interpretation: inferential mechanisms, figurative language, indirect speech acts, sarcastic expressions, and untruthful implicatures. The volume sheds new light on linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches to utterance interpretation.
[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 28] 2014. v, 118 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
IntroductionDaniela Rossi and Nicolas Ruytenbeek | pp. 1–2
Resonating with default nonsalient interpretations: A corpus-based study of negative sarcasmRachel Giora, Ari Drucker and Ofer Fein | pp. 3–18
Is a general theory of utterance interpretation really possible?Raymond W. Gibbs | pp. 19–44
The importance of being indirect: A new nomenclature for indirect speechMarina Terkourafi | pp. 45–70
Is inference necessary to pragmatics?Diana Mazzarella | pp. 71–95
A truth that’s told with bad intent: Lying and implicit contentJörg Meibauer | pp. 97–118