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Full Title: Linguistic Expressions and Devices that Yield the Implicature of Cause and Effect

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Miki Hanazaki
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Implicature has been a big issue in pragmatics since Grice (1975), and a considerable amount of research has been conducted to reveal ways in which the interlocutors yield many implications, one of which is the implication of cause and effect. Obviously, one device of inviting the interpretation of cause and effect is to use lexical terms which shows such relation, including 'because' as in the sentence 'I was in bed because of a cold'. However, the same situation can be expressed by conveying the simultaneity of two events as in 'I was in bed as I had a cold', 'I was in bed with a cold' or 'Being sick, I was in bed'. Also, showing that the two events occur in a temporal sequence also implies the cause and effect relation as in 'He died after the stroke'. Another linguistic device to invite the interpretation of cause and effect relation is a simple juxtaposing of two events, as in 'I was in bed. I had a cold'. And of course, the cohesion within the discourse plays a great role in the production of the implicature.

The purpose of this panel is to examine 1) what kind of expressions and devices are available cross-linguistically to yield the implicature of cause and effect, 2) to explore which devices are universal / culture-specific in making the interlocutors interpret expressions as having such implications, and 3) what kind of mechanisms are involved in the construal of such interpretation.

Currently, this panel has five presentations by six speakers, who will analyze data in Japanese, English, German, and Spanish. Some papers in the presentations will deal with the lexical items that involve the fabrication of the implicature, some will deal with sports broadcasting or newspaper and journal articles that let the receivers interpret the discourse as cause and effect, and some will deal with the metaphor that is involved in the construal.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Semantics; Typology
LL Issue: 27.3494

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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