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Wed Apr 07 2021

Books: Experimental Pragmatics: Noveck

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Date: 07-Apr-2021
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Subject: Experimental Pragmatics: Noveck
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Title: Experimental Pragmatics
Subtitle: The Making of a Cognitive Science
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Ira Noveck
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107446885 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 33.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107446885 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107446885 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 30.33

How does a listener understand a sarcastic 'That was a wonderful speech' when the words point to a positive review? Why do students of introductory logic interpret 'Some cabs are yellow' as 'Not all cabs are yellow' when the meaning of 'some' is compatible with 'all'? Pragmatics aims to explain how listeners draw out a speaker's meaning from utterances, an astonishing feat when one considers that the words in a sentence hardly suffice for fully comprehending what the speaker intended. Given the nature of pragmatics, it is going to take the interdisciplinary firepower of many cognitive sciences - including philosophy, experimental psychology, linguistics and neuroscience - to fully appreciate this uniquely human ability. In this book, Ira Noveck, a leading pioneer in experimental pragmatics, engagingly walks the reader through the phenomena, the theoretical debates, the experiments as well as the historical development of this growing academic discipline.

1. Defining pragmatics: the what, the how and areas of disagreement; 2. Grice's monumental proposal and reactions to it; 3. The experimentalist's mindset; 4. A consideration of experimental techniques; 5. Early experimental pragmatics; 6. How logical terms can be enriched: exposing semantic-pragmatic divergences; 7. Grammatical or semantic approaches to scalar implicatures; 8. Conditionals; 9. Referring; 10. Speaking falsely and getting away with it: post-Gricean accounts of metaphor and other lexical adjustments; 11. Irony: shifting attention and reading intentions; 12. Pragmatic abilities among those with autism; 13. More topics for experimental pragmatics: an all you can eat buffet; 14. Opinionated conclusions and considerations for the future.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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