Meaning and Relevance

Meaning and Relevance

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When people speak, their words never fully encode what they mean, and the context is always compatible with a variety of interpretations. How can comprehension ever be achieved? Wilson and Sperber argue that comprehension is a process of inference guided by precise expectations of relevance. What are the relations between the linguistically encoded meanings studied in semantics and the thoughts that humans are capable of entertaining and conveying? How should we analyse literal meaning, approximations, metaphors and ironies? Is the ability to understand speakers' meanings rooted in a more general human ability to understand other minds? How do these abilities interact in evolution and in cognitive development? Meaning and Relevance sets out to answer these and other questions, enriching and updating relevance theory and exploring its implications for linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science and literary studies.Responses to the control items a€” across both sorts of instructions a€” took at most 1.1 seconds, but more often around 0.8 to 0.9 seconds. Thus, the Under- informative statement in the some but not all condition is the one most affected by theanbsp;...


Title:Meaning and Relevance
Author: Deirdre Wilson, Dan Sperber
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2012-03-22
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