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Experimental pragmatics : the making of a cognitive science

Author: Ira A Noveck
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ira A Noveck
ISBN: 9781107084902 1107084903
OCLC Number: 1024238889
Description: xxviii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
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How do listeners understand what they are told? How do they make sense of ambiguities, understand irony, and - more generally - capture a speaker's intended meaning? Using interactions between  Read more...

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