Relevance Theory, Figuration, and Continuity in Pragmatics

ORCID logoAgnieszka Piskorska | University of Warsaw
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The chapters in this volume apply the methodology of relevance theory to develop accounts of various pragmatic phenomena which can be associated with the broadly conceived notion of style. Some of them are devoted to central cases of figurative language (metaphor, metonymy, puns, irony) while others deal with issues not readily associated with figurativeness (from multimodal communicative stimuli through strong and weak implicatures to discourse functions of connectives, particles and participles). Other chapters shed light on the use of specific communicative styles, ranging from hate speech to humour and humorous irony.
Using the relevance-theoretic toolkit to analyse a spectrum of style-related issues, this volume makes a case for the model of pragmatics founded upon inference and continuity, understood as the non-existence of sharply delineated boundaries between classes of communicative phenomena.
[Figurative Thought and Language, 8] 2020.  vii, 357 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This original and entertaining series of essays uses the framework of relevance theory to offer striking new insights into the workings of figurative language and style. Why do puns have such a bad reputation? What is the meaning of “sunbeds are the new cigarettes”? How does choice of typography affect understanding? These and many more questions are illustrated with original examples from everyday conversation and literary texts, and illuminated from a variety of theoretical perspectives.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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