Relevance Theory

Applications and implications

| University College London
| Nara Women's University
ISBN 9789027250490 (Eur) | EUR 115.00
ISBN 9781556193309 (USA) | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027285560 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
This collection of papers arises from a meeting of relevance theorists held in Osaka, May 29-30, 1993. Speakers at the conference included both of the originators of the theory, Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson, the editors of this volume and several other Japanese linguists and pragmatists, all of whose work is included.
The full breadth and richness of relevance theory is represented here, both in its applications to problems of utterance interpretation, that fall squarely within the domain of pragmatics, and its implications for linguistic semantics. Several papers investigate and assess the theory’s account of figurative uses of language, such as irony, metaphor and metonymy. Other central pragmatic issues include a relevance-driven account of generalized implicature, the role of bridging implicatures in reference assignment, the way in which different intonation patterns contribute to the relevance of an utterance and the application of the theory to literary texts. The recently developed semantic distinction between conceptually and procedurally encoded meaning, motivated by relevance-theoretic considerations, is employed in new accounts of several Japanese particles and in a fresh perspective on the phenomenon of metalinguistic negation.
The volume comes with a comprehensive glossary of relevance-theoretic terms.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 37]  1998.  x, 300 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Pragmatics and time
Deirdre Wilson and Dan Sperber
The Japanese adverbial yahari or yappari
Keiko Tanaka
A relevance-based analysis of hearsay particles: With special reference to Japanese sentence-final particle tte
Reiko Itani
Intonation and relevance
Kunihiko Imai
Metaphor and metonymy
Nam Sun Song
Procedural semantics and metalinguistic negation
Akiko Yoshimura
Assessing a scenario-based account of bridging reference assignment
Tomoko Matsui
Text and relevance
Seiji Uchida
Informativeness, relevance and scalar implicature
Robyn Carston
Symposium on Irony
On non-echoic irony
Ken-ichi Seto
Irony from a cognitive perspective
Hideki Hamamoto
Some issues in the treatment of irony and related tropes
Masa-aki Yamanashi
Irony and relevance: A reply to Seto, Hamamoto and Yamanashi
Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson
Glossary of relevance-theoretic terms
“[...] the book brings to us the advantage and significance of relevance theory in its application and implicature to describing utterance interpretation. The insights and applications presented in this book will surely provide a model for future studies on verbal communication and human cognition. [...] The book deserves the attention of those who work in the fields of pragmatics, linguistics, discourse analysis and language teaching.”
“[...] the compendium of research included in this volume is, indeed, a major source of information about the state of the art in relevance-theoretic research, and highly advisable reading for any analyst interested in S&W's theory, or in human interpretation in general.”
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