Causality and Connectives: From Grice to Relevance by Valandis Bardzokas

By Valandis Bardzokas

The e-book explores finely-grained differences in causal that means, often from a relevance-theoretic standpoint. to extend the problem of this double job, i.e. an intensive in addition to passable account of reason and a close overview of the theoretical version hired to this finish, the present learn comprises an research conducted when it comes to contrasting the prototypical causal exponents of contemporary Greek subordination, i.e. epeiδi and γiati. moreover, this goal is accomplished within the methodological framework of contrasting a variety of contextual purposes of the 2 connectives opposed to their translated types in English, realizable via because. regardless of first impressions, a better statement of the wide variety of purposes of those markers within the discourse of coherence relatives illustrates divergences of their distribution, which, in flip, are taken to spotlight differing points of causal interpretation. The concept for the relevance-theoretic version emanates from a response to an array of difficulties undermining conventional tenets of pragmatic concept originating with Grice’s stance, yet can also be made in accordance with the typical perform in pragmatic learn (since its foundation) to pay low regard for the contribution of general causal markers to debates aiming on the decision of the excellence that has been instrumental to problems with cognition and pragmatic interpretation, i.e. propositional vs. non-propositional which means.

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On this stipulation, a discourse marker earmarked as procedural constitutes no conceptual reflex in what seems to be the conceptual representation underlying the ultimate interpretation of (28), that is John is in town and the hearer should not wait for a phone call. Rather, the marker at hand is taken to contain information with regard to the inferential route that the hearer is to take in getting to the intended conceptual representation. This inferential route leads to an elimination of the aforementioned contextual assumption triggered initially.

Causal relations Examples Conceptual primitives Causal relation Semantic/pragmatic Order of P & Q Negation (18) Yes Semantic Non-basic No (19) Yes Pragmatic Non-basic No (20) Yes Pragmatic Non-basic No This summation already reveals a drawback in the analysis of the sort described. Namely, examples (19) and (20) are conflated in a single, indiscriminate class of meaning. According to Sanders (1997), the treatment of (19) and (20) as disparate or similar cases is basically a matter of the criteria of analysis proposed in a theoretical model.

To this purpose, we will sketch, here, a brief account of the origin and distributional proclivities of the connectives. Moreover, in support of the view that the two connectives are not synonymous, we also set out to conduct a preliminary corpus analysis intended to substantiate the claim that γiati and epeiδi deserve a differentiating treatment based on their potentially distinct contextual applications. The fourth chapter is devoted to the employment of the Sweetserean cognitive proposal for determining conjunctive meaning.

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