Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

By: Matthew Stone (author), Ernie Lepore (author)Hardback

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What do speakers mean? What do they convey? What do they reveal? How do they invite us to think? Communication exploits conventional rules, deliberate choices, and many other faculties. How? A common answer invokes simple meanings and general ways to reinterpret them, as in H. P. Grice's theory of conversational implicature. Lepore and Stone show such answers are unsatisfactory. Instead, they argue that language provides diverse tools for making ideas public, and that communication recruits distinct kinds of imagination. The work synthesizes results from across cognitive science into a profoundly new account of meaning in language.

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Ernie Lepore is Board of Governors, Professor of Philosophy and an Acting Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers. Matthew Stone is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers.


Preface ; 1. Overview ; I: THE LANDSCAPE OF PRAGMATIC INFERENCE ; Introduction to Part I ; 2. The Gricean Framework ; 3. The Linguistic Turn ; 4. The Psychological Turn ; II: THE INTERPRETIVE EFFECTS OF LINGUISTIC RULES ; Introduction to Part II ; 5. The Scope of Linguistic Conventions ; 6. Speech Act Conventions: Indirection and Relevance ; 7. Presupposition and Anaphora: The Case of Tense and Aspect ; 8. Information Structure: Intonation and Scalars ; Summary of Part II and Projection ; III: VARIETIES OF INTERPRETIVE REASONING ; Introduction to Part III ; 9. The Scope of Interpretive Reasoning ; 10. Perspective Taking: Metaphor ; 11. Presenting Utterances: Sarcasm, Irony, and Humor ; 12. Leaving Things Open: Hinting ; Summary of Part III and Projection ; IV: THEORIZING SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS ; Introduction to Part IV ; 13. Interpretation and Intention Recognition ; 14. Inquiry and the Formal Underpinnings of Communication ; Conclusion

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  • publication date: 11/12/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780198717188
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780198717188
  • weight: 608
  • ISBN10: 0198717180

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