Relevance Theory

Relevance Theory

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Over the past twenty years, relevance theory has become a key area of study within semantics and pragmatics. In this comprehensive new textbook, Billy Clark introduces the key elements of the theory and how they interconnect. The book is divided into two parts - the first providing an overview of the essential machinery of the theory, and the second exploring how the original theory has been extended, applied and critically discussed. Clark offers a systematic framework for understanding the theory from the basics up, building a complete picture and providing the basis for advanced research across a range of topics. With this book, students will understand the fundamentals of relevance theory, its origins in the work of Grice, the relationship it has to other approaches, and its place within recent developments and more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 21 b/w illus. 3 tables 60 exercises
  • 1139034103
  • 9781139034104

Table of contents

Part I. Overview: 1. A first outline; 2. Origins and alternatives: Grice, relevance theory and modern pragmatics; 3. Principles of relevance; 4. Explaining inferences; Part II. Details and Developments: 5. Explicature and implicature; 6. Types of explicature; 7. Types of implicature; 8. Lexical pragmatics; 9. Figurative language: metaphor; 10. Figurative language: irony; 11. Linguistic semantics; 12. Conclusion: applications and recent developments; Appendix: key notions of relevance more

Review quote

'A beautifully clear, insightful and entertaining overview of relevance theory, which takes readers from first principles to recent developments in a warm, witty and fair-minded way. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in how communication works.' Deirdre Wilson, University College Londonshow more

About Billy Clark

Billy Clark is a senior lecturer in English Language in the Department of Media at Middlesex University. He has considerable experience teaching relevance theory at undergraduate and postgraduate level and was editor of the 'Foundations of Linguistics' section for the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics edited by Keith more