ERIC Number: ED235691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
On the Interaction of Semantics and Pragmatics. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 8.
The distinction between literal meaning, the domain of semantics, and inferred or implicated meaning, the domain of pragmatics, is examined. Grice's (1975) theory of implicated or conveyed meaning as part of an overall account of cooperative communicative behavior is evaluated. A range of data is presented which challenges Grice's theory. Discourse conventions and context determination are highlighted in an analysis of pragmatic inference. The data suggest that pragmatic inferencing plays a much greater role in natural language comprehension than is generally realized. Once the domain of pragmatic theory is extended, Grice's principles of conversation are inadequate to account for comprehension. Other approaches to the problems of inferred meaning are examined. It is concluded that selected aspects of these alternatives must be combined in order to arrive at a satisfactory account of pragmatics. (RW)
The Secretary, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dublin Univ. Trinity Coll. (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Note: Paper presented as one of a series of public lectures sponsored by the Centre for Language and Communication Studies (1983).