Publication details [#1644]

Mazzone, Marco. 2013. Attention to the speaker; The conscious assessment of utterance interpretations in working memory. Language and Communication 33 : 106–114. 9 pp.
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Article in journal
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Amsterdam: Elsevier


This paper investigates the concept of conscious attention in language and aims to present it as an attentional process rather than as a figure of speech. Supporting Relevance Theory, the author claims that in utterance interpretation, speaker’s working memory is activated and information processing is enhanced. Specifically, the paper argues that speaker’s mental states are subject to associative processes, which relate to pragmatic understanding. Information processing is subject to domain-general processes; such processes assemble representations, which are connected to the type of information the speaker is asked to conceptualize. In overall, the core contribution of the article is that attention is pragmatic processing due to the associative accessibility of information in working memory.