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By Kristin Börjesson

ISBN-10: 3110333376

ISBN-13: 9783110333374

At present, there's a nice variety of techniques to the semantics-pragmatics contrast out there. This publication is exclusive in that it bargains a finished review, comparability and significant review of those techniques. Taking as a kick off point the infamous hassle of differentiating so-called literal from non-literal (or figurative) that means, it covers a variety of the main present issues in semantics and pragmatics, e.g., the saying/meaning contrast, minimalism vs. contextualism, unarticulated materials, indexicalism, (generalised) conversational implicatures, speech acts, degrees of that means in interpretation, the position of context in interpretation, the character of lexical that means. particularly, instead of taking a completely theoretical viewpoint, the e-book integrates psycho- and neurolinguistic views, contemplating experimental effects about the (differences in) processing of a number of the sorts of which means lined. when it comes to subject matters coated and views taken, it really is both like minded for undergraduate in addition to postgraduate scholars of linguistics and/or philosophy of language.

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Non-salient meanings during interpretation, it does show a difference in the brain areas involved in interpretation related to the salience of the interpreted meaning. Thus, Mashal et al. (2008) investigated the interpretation of highly familiar idioms as compared to their possible compositional interpretation and the interpretation of matched literal sentences. Recall that according to the graded salience hypothesis the (idiomatic) meaning of highly familiar idioms is more salient than the (‘literal’) meaning of their compositional counterparts.

Thus, consider the claims Rachel Giora (1997, 1999, 2002, 2012a,b) makes in the context of her graded salience hypothesis. Although she does not question the general importance of contextual information for utterance interpretation, she argues that regardless of the richness of the context, it can be shown that in particular cases both the literal as well as the non-literal meaning of an expression may be initially activated, suggesting that in such cases, the two types of meaning have the same status.

More specifically, in terms of the operational sequence of the interpretation process, the fact that the non-literal meaning of an expression may be activated in parallel to its literal meaning rather suggests that they are more similar in nature than traditionally assumed. However, the results of experiments such as the above cannot be used as evidence for one view or the other of literal meaning and non-literal meaning without caution, as there are a number of issues that need careful consideration.

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