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LINGUIST List 16.2353

Tue Aug 09 2005

Books: Pragmatics/Semantics/Cog Sci: Givón

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Context as Other Minds: Givón


Message 1: Context as Other Minds: Givón
Date: 05-Aug-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Context as Other Minds: Givón


Title: Context as Other Minds
Subtitle: The Pragmatics of Sociality, Cognition and Communication
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20130

Author: Talmy Givón, University of Oregon
Hardback: ISBN: 1588115925 Pages: xvi, 283 Price: U.S. $ 138.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027232261 Pages: xvi, 283 Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1588115933 Pages: xvi, 283 Price: U.S. $ 46.95
Paperback: ISBN: 902723227X Pages: xvi, 283 Price: Europe EURO 39.00
Abstract:

Givon's new book re-casts pragmatics, and most conspicuously the pragmatics
of sociality and communication, in neuro-cognitive, bio-adaptive,
evolutionary terms. The fact that context, the core notion of pragmatics,
is a framing operation undertaken on the fly through judgements of
relevance, has been well known since Aristotle, Kant and Peirce. But the
context that is relevant to the pragmatics of sociality and communication
is a highly specific mental operation - the mental modeling of the
interlocutor's current, rapidly shifting belief-and-intention states. The
construed context of social interaction and communication is thus a mental
representation of other minds. Following a condensed intellectual history
of pragmatics, the book investigates the adaptive pragmatics of
lexical-semantic categories - the 1st-order framing of "reality", what
cognitive psychologists call "semantic memory". Utilizing the network
model, the book then takes a fresh look at the adaptive underpinnings of
metaphoric meaning. The core chapers of the book outline the
re-interpretation of "communicative context" as the systematic, on-line
construction of mental models of the interlocutor's current,
rapidly-shifting states of belief and intention. This grand theme is
elaborated through examples from the grammar of referential coherence,
verbal modalities and clause-chaining. In its final chapters, the book
pushes pragmatics beyond its traditional bounds, surveying its
interdisciplinary implications for philosophy of science, theory of
personality, personality disorders and the calculus of social interaction.


Table of contents

Preface xiii-xv
1. Perspective 1-37
2. Categories as prototypes: The adaptive middle 39-64
3. Semantic networks and metaphoric language 65-89
4. Grammar and other minds: An evolutionary perspective 91-123
5. Referential coherence 125-145
6. Propositional modalities 147-177
7. Discourse coherence and clause chaining 179-194
8. Community as other mind: The pragmatics of organized science 195-220
9. The adaptive pragmatics of 'self' 221-238
10. The pragmatics of martial arts 239-254
References 255-274
Index 275-283

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (ENG )

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