Publication details [#19449]

Marmaridou, Sophia. 2000. Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition. (Pragmatics and Beyond: New Series 72). John Benjamins. xii + 322 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
90 272 5087 1


This book provides a good overview of philosophical and cognitive approaches to language use and meaning. A synthesis of such approaches leads to a dynamic concept of pragmatic meaning which is on the one hand grounded in cognition and motivated by linguistic and cultural convention and, on the other, creates a framework for studying the interactive and social dimensions of the development of meaning in linguistic communication. Through an experientialist approach based on connectionist models, the author shows that by internalizing pragmatic meaning people become social agents who reproduce, challenge or change their social parameters during interaction.