Referring expressions, pragmatics, and style : reference and beyond

Scott, Kate (2020) Referring expressions, pragmatics, and style : reference and beyond. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. 198p. ISSN (print) 9781107177574

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Abstract

Reference is a major theme in the study of language and language use. Providing a relevance-theoretic account of reference resolution, this book develops our understanding of procedurally encoded meaning by exploring its function and role in reference resolution. A range of referring expressions are discussed, including definite descriptions, demonstratives and pronouns. Existing work on the pragmatics of reference has largely focused on how reference is resolved. However, speakers can do much more than just secure reference when they use a referring expression. A speaker's choice of expression might communicate information about their attitudes and their emotions, and referring expressions can also be used to create stylistic and poetic effects. The analyses in this book widen the focus to consider these broader effects, and the discussions and arguments presented take seriously the idea that referring expressions can contribute to meaning and communication in a way that goes beyond reference.

Item Type: Book
Research Area: Communication, cultural and media studies
English language and literature
Linguistics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts, Culture and Communication
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Kate Scott
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 16:19
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 16:19
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/44226

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