Linguistic Meaning, Truth Conditions And Relevance: The Case of Concessives

Hardcover | July 22, 2005

byCorinne Iten

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Many linguists and philosophers of language explain linguistic meaning in terms of truth conditions. This book focuses on the meanings of expressions that escape such truth-conditional treatment, in particular the concessives: but, even if, and although. Corinne Iten proposes semantic analyses of these expressions based on the cognitive framework of relevance theory. A thoroughly cognitive approach to linguistic meaning is presented in which linguistic forms are seen as mapping onto mental entities, rather than individuals and properties in the real world. Researchers and advanced students in pragmatics will find this account lucid, clear and accessible.

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Many linguists and philosophers of language explain linguistic meaning in terms of truth conditions. This book focuses on the meanings of expressions that escape such truth-conditional treatment, in particular the concessives: but, even if, and although. Corinne Iten proposes semantic analyses of these expressions based on the cogn...

Corinne Iten is Canada Research Chair Post-doctoral Fellow in Cognitive Science at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.72 × 5.7 × 0.86 inPublished:July 22, 2005Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333995732

ISBN - 13:9780333995730

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Abstract * Acknowledgements * Truth conditions, linguistic semantics and 'non-truth-conditional' meaning * 'Non-truth-conditional' meaning accommodated in truth-conditional frameworks * Argumentation Theory: Accommodating the 'non-truth-conditional' at the cost of the 'truth-conditional'. * Relevance Theory and 'non-truth-conditional' meaning * Concessives I: but * Concessives II: although * Concessive Conditionals: the case of even if * Final remarks on concessivity and truth conditions * Bibliography