Procedures and prosody: understanding weak communication

Clark, Billy (2013) Procedures and prosody: understanding weak communication. In: Beyond Words: Content, Context and Inference. Liedtke, Frank and Schulze, Cornelia, eds. Mouton Series in Pragmatics (15). Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 151-182. ISBN 9781614513865

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Abstract

This chapter develops an earlier proposal (Clark 2007) for the semantic analysis of tones in varieties of Southern British English within a rel-evance-theoretic framework and considers some questions raised by this approach. It suggests a modification to the semantic analyses proposed, which makes them weaker, more consistent overall and more obviously in line with assumptions of the relevance-theoretic approach. The new propo-sal assumes that tones encode procedures which affect the recovery not only of (higher-level) explicatures, as previously assumed, but also of im-plicatures. The chapter considers questions raised by this approach about the nature of procedural meaning in general, about the specific procedural meanings suggested here, about how weak semantic analyses can be and about how we can test such weak semantic analyses.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Ebook ISBN: 9781614512776
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 13053
Depositing User: Billy Clark
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 16:02
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 16:39
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13053

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