The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
This book uses Sperber and Wilson's relevance theory to show that
connectivity in discourse is a pragmatic rather than a semantic matter: it
results from relevance relations between text and context rather than from
relations linguistically encoded in the text. In two introductory chapters,
Regina Blass argues that relevance theory offers a more explanatory account
of discourse connectivity than do alternative approaches based on notions
of cohesion, coherence and topic. In subsequent chapters, she introduces
data from the language Sissala and shows how relevance theory can play an
important role in guiding and constraining semantic and pragmatic analyses
of these data. This approach reveals unexpected results - for example the
detection of an interpretive use marker in Sissala, with implications for
the analysis of so-called 'hearsay phenomena' in other languages - and
leads to a new basis for particle typology.
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