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Rieser, Hannes, Andy Lücking and Thies Pfeiffer. 2015. Pointing and reference reconsidered. Journal of Pragmatics 77 : 56–79.
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This study examines the semantics and pragmatics of co-verbal pointing from a foundational viewpoint, merging computer simulation, statistical inquiry, experiments and theoretical modeling techniques in a new way. It is argued that reference implicating pointing builds on a default inference which is detailed employing the empirical data. These findings evoke many problems for classical semantics–pragmatics interfaces: this study advocates pre-semantic pragmatics in order to explain inferential reference in addition to traditional post-semantic Gricean pragmatics.