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Pragmatics and Natural Language Understanding : Tutorial Essays in Cognitive Science - Georgia M. Green

Pragmatics and Natural Language Understanding

Tutorial Essays in Cognitive Science

Paperback Published: 12th September 1996
ISBN: 9780805821666
Number Of Pages: 204

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This book differs from other introductions to pragmatics in approaching the problems of interpreting language use in terms of interpersonal modelling of beliefs and intentions. It is intended to make issues involved in language understanding, such as speech, text, and discourse, accessible to the widest group possible -- not just specialists in linguistics or communication theorists -- but all scholars and researchers whose enterprises depend on having a useful model of how communicative agents understand utterances and expect their own utterances to be understood.
Based on feedback from readers over the past seven years, explanations in every chapter have been improved and updated in this thoroughly revised version of the original text published in 1989. The most extensive revisions concern the relevance of technical notions of mutual and normal belief, and the futility of using the notion 'null context' to describe meaning. In addition, the discussion of implicature now includes an extended explication of Grice's Cooperative Principle which attempts to put it in the context of his theory of meaning and rationality, and to preclude misinterpretations which it has suffered over the past 20 years. The revised chapter exploits the notion of normal belief to improve the account of conversational implicature.

Tutorial Essays in Cognitive Sciencep. ii
Notational Conventions Used in This Bookp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
What is Pragmatics and Why Do I Need to Know, Anyway?p. 1
Indexicals and Anaphora; Contextually Identifiable Indeterminacies of Referencep. 17
Reference and Indeterminacy of Sensep. 37
Non-Truth-Conditional Meaning: Interpreting the Packaging of Propositional Contentp. 65
Implicaturep. 89
Pragmatics and Syntaxp. 133
Conversational Interactionp. 147
Perspectivep. 165
Referencesp. 167
Author Indexp. 181
Subject Indexp. 184
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ISBN: 9780805821666
ISBN-10: 080582166X
Series: Tutorial Essays in Cognitive Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 12th September 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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