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Cambridge Studies in Linguistics : Relevance and Linguistic Meaning: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Discourse Markers Series Number 99 - Diane Blakemore

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

Relevance and Linguistic Meaning: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Discourse Markers Series Number 99

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Published: 19th August 2004
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The importance of discourse markers (words like 'so', 'however', and 'well') lies in the theoretical questions they raise about the nature of discourse and the relationship between linguistic meaning and context. They are regarded as being central to semantics because they raise problems for standard theories of meaning, and to pragmatics because they seem to play a role in the way discourse is understood. In this new and important study, Diane Blakemore argues that attempts to analyse these expressions within standard semantic frameworks raise even more problems, while their analysis as expressions that link segments of discourse has led to an unproductive and confusing exercise in classification. She concludes that the exercise in classification that has dominated discourse marker research should be replaced by the investigation of the way in which linguistic expressions contribute to the inferential processes involved in utterance understanding.

'Relevance and Linguistic Meaning raises a number of interesting and important issues ... it is a well-structured and accessibly written book ...'. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia

Introduction
Meaning and truth
Non-truth conditional meaning
Relevance and meaning
Procedural meaning
Relevance and discourse
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521607711
ISBN-10: 052160771X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 19th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.32