Communication in relevance theory

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Title: Communication in relevance theory
Authors: Franken, Nathalie
Keywords: Comunicación | Teoría de la relevancia | Actos de habla | Problemática | Conceptos teóricos
Issue Date: Nov-1998
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: FRANKEN, Nathalie. “Communication in relevance theory”. Revista alicantina de estudios ingleses. No. 11 (Nov. 1998). ISSN 0214-4808, pp. 59-74
Abstract: Sperber and Wilson (1995) ground their definition of communication on their criticism of Grice's intentional definition of non-natural meaning. In such a perspective, communication is considered as an act rather than as a process. Sperber and Wilson propose two definitions of this fundamental concept. In a first time, they argue that communication involves two specific intentions; afterwards, they equate it with ostension. This paper examines and criticizes their proposals, confronting them to ordinary intuition. Some crucial issues are discussed: the equivalence of Sperber and Wilson's two definitions, the nature of the evidence used in communication, the intentionality of communication, the content of the communicative intention, the notion of mutual manifestness, and the problem of infinite regress.
Sponsor: Research supported by Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/5366 | http://dx.doi.org/10.14198/raei.1998.11.06
ISSN: 0214-4808
DOI: 10.14198/raei.1998.11.06
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses - 1998, No. 11

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