Relevance theory and language change

Clark, Billy (2016) Relevance theory and language change. Lingua, 175-76 . pp. 139-153. ISSN 0024-3841 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2015.12.007)

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This paper considers how ideas developed within relevance theory can be applied in accounting for language change. It briefly surveys previous relevance-theoretic work on language change and suggests that studies of procedural meaning, lexical pragmatics and metarepresentation can each play an important role in accounting for semantic change. It identifies a number of areas for further research which could help to develop understanding of both relevance theory and language change and suggests that one important line of further research would be to explore connections between work in relevance theory and approaches which adopt terms and ideas from the theory without adopting the relevance-theoretic framework overall.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Volumes 175–176, May–June 2016, Little Words: Communication and Procedural Meaning
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 18587
Notes on copyright: © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User: Billy Clark
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 17:04
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 21:57

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