The 'what-do-you-mean' syndrome: a taxonomy of misundertandings in Harold Pinter's plays

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Títol: The 'what-do-you-mean' syndrome: a taxonomy of misundertandings in Harold Pinter's plays
Autors: Yus, Francisco
Grups d'investigació o GITE: Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA)
Centre, Departament o Servei: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Paraules clau: Pinter, Harold | Relevance theory | Misunderstandings | Miscommunication
Àrees de coneixement: Filología Inglesa
Data de publicació: 1998
Editor: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Citació bibliogràfica: YUS RAMOS, Francisco. “The 'what-do-you-mean' syndrome: a taxonomy of misundertandings in Harold Pinter's plays”. Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense. N. 6 (1998). ISSN 1133-0392, pp. 81-100
Resum: Harold Pinter’ s plays usually display situations in which characters misunderstand each other. This paper applies a pragmatic (mainly relevance-theoretic) taxonomy of misunderstandings to the different varieties of miscommunication that can be found in these plays. The result of this application is that, quite unexpectedly, many conversational exchanges in which the speaker relies on very explicitly communicated information in order to guarantee successful communication, systematically end up in misunderstanding. This unexpected abundance of misunderstandings can be explained from two points of view: one discursive, in which these misunderstandings are regarded simply as adding to the lack of communication that is felt in the plays, and the other on a more connotative level, in which misunderstandings are, rather, linguistic exponents of ideological battles of aggression and defensiveness in everyday conversational exchanges between characters.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/22939
ISSN: 1133-0392 | 1988-3005 (Internet)
Idioma: eng
Tipus: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Revisió científica: si
Versió de l'editor: http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/EIUC/article/view/EIUC9898110081A
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