LINGUIST List 23.581

Fri Feb 03 2012

Books: Pragmatics/Semantics: Bardzokas

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Date: 02-Feb-2012
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Subject: Causality and Connectives: Bardzokas
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Title: Causality and Connectives Subtitle: From Grice to relevance Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 216 Published: 2012 Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Valandis Bardzokas Electronic: ISBN: 9789027275011 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027275011 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027256218 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027256218 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027256218 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.40

The book explores finely-grained distinctions in causal meaning, mostly froma relevance-theoretic perspective. To increase the challenge of this doubletask, i.e. a thorough as well as satisfactory account of cause and a detailedassessment of the theoretical model employed to this end, the current studyinvolves an investigation carried out by way of contrasting the prototypicalcausal exponents of Modern Greek subordination, i.e. 'epeiδi' and 'γiati;. Inaddition, this objective is achieved in the methodological framework ofcontrasting a range of contextual applications of the two connectives againsttheir translated versions in English, realizable by means of 'because'. Despitefirst impressions, a closer observation of the wide range of applications ofthese markers in the discourse of coherence relations illustrates divergencesin their distribution, which, in turn, are taken to highlight differing aspects ofcausal interpretation. The proposal for the relevance-theoretic modelemanates from a reaction to an array of problems undermining traditionaltenets of pragmatic theory originating with Grice's stance, but is also made inresponse to the common practice in pragmatic research (since its origin) topay low regard for the contribution of typical causal markers to debatesaiming at the determination of the distinction that has been instrumental toissues of cognition and pragmatic interpretation, i.e. propositional vs. non-propositional meaning.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics                             Semantics
Written In: English (eng)

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