Manuel Padilla Cruz

List of John Benjamins publications for which Manuel Padilla Cruz plays a role.


Concepts and Context in Relevance-Theoretic Pragmatics: New Developments

Edited by Agnieszka Piskorska and Manuel Padilla Cruz

Special issue of Pragmatics 33:3 (2023) v, 192 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics

New Developments in Relevance Theory

Edited by Manuel Padilla Cruz and Agnieszka Piskorska

Special issue of Pragmatics & Cognition 28:2 (2021) v, 218 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Cognitive psychology | Discourse studies | Philosophy | Pragmatics
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This paper reports on an examination of the actions that Spanish epistemic agents perform in order to question, challenge, undermine and/or destroy the epistemic personhood of an informer on Twitter, recently been renamed ‘X’. Relying on a corpus of reactions to information about sanitary… read more
In an interactive context like service encounters, humour becomes essential because of the positive feelings that it generates. These contribute to an amicable ambiance and tighten bonds of union. Hence, humour greatly impacts customer satisfaction, revisit intention and, ultimately, customer… read more
Padilla Cruz, Manuel 2023 Paralanguage and ad hoc conceptsConcepts and Context in Relevance-Theoretic Pragmatics: New Developments, Piskorska, Agnieszka and Manuel Padilla Cruz (eds.), pp. 343–367 | Article
Ad hoc concept construction is regarded as a case of free pragmatic enrichment, so it is presented as a non-linguistically mandated process that is automatically accomplished during mutual parallel adjustment. Recent research suggests that this lexical pragmatic process may be marked and steered… read more
Piskorska, Agnieszka and Manuel Padilla Cruz 2023 Concepts and context in relevance-theoretic pragmatics: New developmentsConcepts and Context in Relevance-Theoretic Pragmatics: New Developments, Piskorska, Agnieszka and Manuel Padilla Cruz (eds.), pp. 313–323 | Article
Padilla Cruz, Manuel 2022 Ad hoc concepts, affective attitude and epistemic stancePragmatics & Cognition 29:1, pp. 1–28 | Article
In relevance-theoretic pragmatics the lower-level or first-order explicature is a propositional form resulting from a series of inferential developments of the logical form. It amounts to the message the speaker communicates explicitly. The higher-level or second-order explicature is a… read more
Padilla Cruz, Manuel 2021 On the interpretation of utterances with expressive expletivesNew Developments in Relevance Theory, Padilla Cruz, Manuel and Agnieszka Piskorska (eds.), pp. 252–276 | Article
Expressive adjectives or expressive expletives have been argued to voice the speaker’s attitude towards the referent of the noun with which they co-occur, even though the attitude may be felt to be expressed about the referent of another sentential constituent or the state of affairs… read more
This paper adopts a relevance-theoretic perspective to analyse how chirigotas – one of the types of bands in Cádiz carnival – exploit a series of verbal and visual comic elements in order to create or reinforce local identity: (i) the names of the bands, (ii) their attire, (iii) gestures and… read more
Padilla Cruz, Manuel and Agnieszka Piskorska 2021 New developments in relevance theoryNew Developments in Relevance Theory, Padilla Cruz, Manuel and Agnieszka Piskorska (eds.), pp. 223–227 | Introduction
Padilla Cruz, Manuel 2020 Chapter 3. Evidential participles and epistemic vigilanceRelevance Theory, Figuration, and Continuity in Pragmatics, Piskorska, Agnieszka (ed.), pp. 69–94 | Chapter
For communicated contents to be accepted by the audience, they have to pass the filters of epistemic vigilance mechanisms, which check the credibility and reliability of communicators and the information provided. Communicators may lack adequate evidence about the information they dispense. One of… read more
The category of insults comprises disparaging qualifying terms, derogatory epithets, racial/ethnic slurs and participle-like expletives. All of them channel speakers’ (negative) psychological states, so they are considered expressives. Despite the enormous interest that they have aroused,… read more
Padilla Cruz, Manuel 2016 Three decades of relevance theoryRelevance Theory: Recent developments, current challenges and future directions, Padilla Cruz, Manuel (ed.), pp. 1–29 | Article