Presumptive Meanings by Stephen C. Levinson
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Presumptive Meanings
By Stephen C. Levinson

Presumptive Meanings

The Theory of Generalized Conversational Implicature

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Presumptive Meanings by Stephen C. Levinson

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When we speak, we mean more than we say. In this book Stephen C. Levinson explains some general processes that underlie presumptions in communication. This is the first extended discussion of preferred interpretation in language understanding, integrating much of the best research in linguistic pragmatics from the last two decades. Levinson outlines a theory of presumptive meanings, or preferred interpretations, governing the use of language, building on the idea of implicature developed by the philosopher H.P. Grice. Some of the indirect information carried by speech is presumed by default because it is carried by general principles, rather than inferred from specific assumptions about intention and context. Levinson examines this class of general pragmatic inferences in detail, showing how they apply to a wide range of linguistic constructions. This approach has radical consequences for how we think about language and communication.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262621304
ISBN-10: 0262621304
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 173mm x 28mm)
Pages: 504
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Stephen C. Levinson

Stephen C. Levinson is Director of the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands.

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