Recent developments in relevance theory

Clark, Billy (2011) Recent developments in relevance theory. In: The pragmatics reader. Grundy, Peter and Archer, Dawn, eds. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 129-137. ISBN 9780415546591 (hbk) ; 978-0415546607 (pbk). [Book Section]


This paper summarises recent developments in one of the most influential current theories of pragmatics: Relevance Theory. There have been many significant developments in Relevance Theory, and in pragmatics more generally, since Diane Blakemore’s 1995 handbook entry (reprinted in this volume). Debates about the nature and goals of pragmatic theory have been explored within individual frameworks and across different ones. There has also been considerable development within Relevance Theory. These include adjustments to the theory itself, new and adapted accounts of particular linguistic and non-linguistic phenomena, new ways of testing and new ways of applying the theory. A small selection of these are mentioned here.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 7907
Depositing User: Billy Clark
Date Deposited: 25 May 2012 11:37
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 16:41

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