Causality and Connectives

From Grice to relevance

| Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
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The book explores finely-grained distinctions in causal meaning, mostly from a relevance-theoretic perspective. To increase the challenge of this double task, i.e. a thorough as well as satisfactory account of cause and a detailed assessment of the theoretical model employed to this end, the current study involves an investigation carried out by way of contrasting the prototypical causal exponents of Modern Greek subordination, i.e. epeiδi and γiati. In addition, this objective is achieved in the methodological framework of contrasting a range of contextual applications of the two connectives against their translated versions in English, realizable by means of because. Despite first impressions, a closer observation of the wide range of applications of these markers in the discourse of coherence relations illustrates divergences in their distribution, which, in turn, are taken to highlight differing aspects of causal interpretation. The proposal for the relevance-theoretic model emanates from a reaction to an array of problems undermining traditional tenets of pragmatic theory originating with Grice’s stance, but is also made in response to the common practice in pragmatic research (since its origin) to pay low regard for the contribution of typical causal markers to debates aiming at the determination of the distinction that has been instrumental to issues of cognition and pragmatic interpretation, i.e. propositional vs. non-propositional meaning.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 216]  2012.  xii, 206 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi–xii
Chapter 1. Causal expression: Communication, discourse and cognition
1–34
Chapter 2. Causality and implicature
35–84
Chapter 3. Introduction to Modern Greek causal connectives
85–96
Chapter 4. The Sweetserean approach: A critique
97–108
Chapter 5. Relevance theory
109–120
Chapter 6. Causality and relevance
121–188
Conclusions
189–194
Reference list
195–204
Subjects

Linguistics

Pragmatics
Semantics
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011043681
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Duffley, Patrick
2014.  In Reclaiming Control as a Semantic and Pragmatic Phenomenon [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 251], doi: 10.1075/pbns.251

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