Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/320797
Title:
Assertion, relevance and the declarative mood
Authors:
Jary, Mark
Abstract:
In this paper, I outline an approach to analysing the declarative mood. Developed within the Relevance Theory framework the account claims that the declarative delivers up a propositional representation in a format that, other things being equal, makes it likely that this will be employed as a premise in the derivation of contextual effects, thereby making a direct contribution to the relevance of the utterance in its own right. This approach, it will be shown, has a number of advantages. First, it explains why only the declarative can be used to assert the proposition explicitly expressed by the utterance, a fact, we will see, that is not explained by the standard Relevance-Theory account of mood. Second, it explains the relationship between assertion and main-point status without identifying the two. Third, it accounts straightforwardly for both main-clause and embedded occurrences of the declarative, even explaining cases where the embedded clause achieves main-point status. Book synopsis: Although the notion of procedural meaning is found in areas such as discourse markers, reference, tense, modality and intonation, until now there has been no single volume entirely devoted to it. Over 25 years, since the initial proposal by Blakemore, a number of refinements have been suggested, yet some criticisms have also been raised. The role and status of the conceptual / procedural distinction within a theory of human communication and the nature of procedural encoding were in need of reassessment in the light of current research in linguistic theory, cognitive science, experimental pragmatics and language acquisition. The papers collected here serve this general purpose from different standpoints. Some of them consider the topic from the angle of its theoretical foundations and put forth original proposals aimed at clarifying the most controversial issues. Others take a more data-driven orientation and offer novel analyses illustrating how encoded instructions work and how much can be gained from approaching certain linguistic phenomena in procedural terms. The contributions in this volume represent an inflection point in the delimitation and understanding of the notion of procedural meaning and open new paths for future research.
Editors:
Escandell-Vidal, Victoria; Leonetti, Manuel; Ahern, Aoife
Publisher:
Brill
Journal:
Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, 25, pp 267-289
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://www.brill.com/procedural-meaning-problems-and-perspectives
DOI:
10.1163/9780857240941 (volume); 10.1163/9780857240941_012 (article)
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1472-7870
ISBN:
9780857240934
Appears in Collections:
Department of Media, Culture and Language Collection

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dc.contributor.authorJary, Marken
dc.contributor.editorEscandell-Vidal, Victoria-
dc.contributor.editorLeonetti, Manuel-
dc.contributor.editorAhern, Aoife-
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dc.identifier.isbn9780857240934-
dc.identifier.issn1472-7870-
dc.identifier.doi10.1163/9780857240941 (volume)-
dc.identifier.doi10.1163/9780857240941_012 (article)-
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.brill.com/procedural-meaning-problems-and-perspectives-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I outline an approach to analysing the declarative mood. Developed within the Relevance Theory framework the account claims that the declarative delivers up a propositional representation in a format that, other things being equal, makes it likely that this will be employed as a premise in the derivation of contextual effects, thereby making a direct contribution to the relevance of the utterance in its own right. This approach, it will be shown, has a number of advantages. First, it explains why only the declarative can be used to assert the proposition explicitly expressed by the utterance, a fact, we will see, that is not explained by the standard Relevance-Theory account of mood. Second, it explains the relationship between assertion and main-point status without identifying the two. Third, it accounts straightforwardly for both main-clause and embedded occurrences of the declarative, even explaining cases where the embedded clause achieves main-point status. Book synopsis: Although the notion of procedural meaning is found in areas such as discourse markers, reference, tense, modality and intonation, until now there has been no single volume entirely devoted to it. Over 25 years, since the initial proposal by Blakemore, a number of refinements have been suggested, yet some criticisms have also been raised. The role and status of the conceptual / procedural distinction within a theory of human communication and the nature of procedural encoding were in need of reassessment in the light of current research in linguistic theory, cognitive science, experimental pragmatics and language acquisition. The papers collected here serve this general purpose from different standpoints. Some of them consider the topic from the angle of its theoretical foundations and put forth original proposals aimed at clarifying the most controversial issues. Others take a more data-driven orientation and offer novel analyses illustrating how encoded instructions work and how much can be gained from approaching certain linguistic phenomena in procedural terms. The contributions in this volume represent an inflection point in the delimitation and understanding of the notion of procedural meaning and open new paths for future research.-
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dc.titleAssertion, relevance and the declarative mooden
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dc.identifier.journalCurrent Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, 25, pp 267-289-
dc.title.bookProcedural Meaning: Problems and Perspectives-
dc.title.seriesCurrent Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface-
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dc.subject.keywordlinguistics-
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