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Tue Jan 11 2022

Books: Verbal Communication and Cognition in Galician: Rosales Sequeiros

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Date: 26-Dec-2021
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Subject: Verbal Communication and Cognition in Galician: Rosales Sequeiros
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Title: Verbal Communication and Cognition in Galician
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 85
Published: 2021
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Author: Xosé Rosales Sequeiros
Hardback: ISBN: 9783969390801 Pages: 296 Price: Europe EURO 144

This book explores current pragmatic theory applied to Galician, focussing on a number of key aspects within utterance interpretation, communication and cognition. It involves applications of pragmatic theory to various areas of Galician language mentioned below. In doing so, it critically considers earlier 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 measure up to critical analysis and is thus subject to a number of counterexamples. In particular, the evidence shows that Gricean pragmatics doesn’t provide either a sufficient or necessary basis for a comprehensive and unified account 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 context and cognition within linguistic communication. This alternative view shows that it is possible to provide a unified account of pragmatics by taking into account two fundamental aspects about human cognition: processing effort and cognitive effects. The interaction between these aspects and communicative cognition provides the basis for a comprehensive account of utterance interpretation, which resolves many of the problems encountered by earlier approaches.

In applying and developing these pragmatic concepts, a number of areas are covered within Galician. Firstly, the current framework is considered as a general approach to Galician pragmatics. Secondly, the distinction between explicit and implicit meaning is applied to a range of constructions in Galician. Thirdly, there is a discussion on the role of pragmatics in disambiguation processes in Galician. Finally, the new approach is applied to irony and metaphor in Galician, including a discussion on the new research area of lexical pragmatics.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Galician (glg)

Written In: English (eng)

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