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Sat Oct 02 2010

Books: Pragmatics: Sequeiros

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Pragmatics and Relevance in Spanish: Sequeiros

Message 1: Pragmatics and Relevance in Spanish: Sequeiros
Date: 30-Sep-2010
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Pragmatics and Relevance in Spanish: Sequeiros
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Title: Pragmatics and Relevance in Spanish Subtitle: Utterance Interpretation and Communication Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 50 Published: 2010 Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Xosé Rosales Sequeiros Paperback: ISBN: 9783895868801 Pages: 302 Price: Europe EURO 72.80

This book explores current pragmatic theory applied to Spanish, focusing ona number of key aspects within utterance interpretation, communication andcognition. It involves applications of pragmatic theory to various areas ofSpanish language mentioned below. In doing so, it critically considersearlier approaches to the study of pragmatic interpretation, including,particularly, the Gricean approach to linguistic communication.

The book argues that this earlier approach to pragmatics does not measureup to critical analysis and is thus subject to a number of counterexamples.In particular, the evidence shows that Gricean pragmatics doesn't provideeither a sufficient or necessary basis for a comprehensive and unifiedaccount of utterance interpretation.

An alternative approach is then discussed based on the notion of relevance,as developed within Relevance Theory, which integrates the role of contextand cognition within linguistic communication. This alternative view showsthat it is possible to provide a unified account of pragmatics by takinginto account two fundamental aspects about human cognition: processingeffort and cognitive effects. The interaction between these aspects andcommunicative cognition provides the basis for a comprehensive account ofutterance interpretation, which resolves many of the problems encounteredby earlier approaches.

In applying and developing these pragmatic concepts, a number of areas arecovered within Spanish. Firstly, the current framework is considered as ageneral approach to Spanish pragmatics. Secondly, the distinction betweenexplicit and implicit meaning is applied to a range of constructions inSpanish. Thirdly, there is a discussion on the role of pragmatics indisambiguation processes in Spanish. Finally, the new approach is appliedto irony and metaphor in Spanish, including a discussion on the newresearch area of lexical pragmatics.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)
Written In: English (eng )

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