Reliability in Pragmatics

Paperback | January 18, 2015

byEric McCready

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This book is an exploration of how knowledge about the reliability of information sources manifests itself in linguistic phenomena and use. It focuses on cooperation in language use and on how considerations of reliability influence what is done with the information acquired through language.Eric McCready provides a detailed account of the phenomena of hedging and evidentiality and analyses them using tools from game theory, dynamic semantics, and formal epistemology. Hedging is argued to be a mechanism used by speakers to protect their reputations for cooperativity from damageinflicted by infelicitous discourse moves. The pragmatics of evidential use is also discussed in terms of the histories of interaction that influence reputation: the author argues that past experience with the evidence source indexed by the evidential determines how the process of adding informationwill proceed. The book makes many new connections between seemingly disparate aspects of linguistic meaning and practice. It will be of interest to specialists in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, as well as those in the fields of philosophy and cognitive science with an interest in language andepistemology.

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This book is an exploration of how knowledge about the reliability of information sources manifests itself in linguistic phenomena and use. It focuses on cooperation in language use and on how considerations of reliability influence what is done with the information acquired through language.Eric McCready provides a detailed account of...

Eric McCready is an Associate Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include formal semantics and pragmatics, the semantics-pragmatics interface, Japanese and its dialects, philosophy of language and epistemology, modal and dynamic logics, and game theory. His articles have appeared in journals i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.63 inPublished:January 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198702841

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I - Reputation and Cooperation2. Cooperation3. Trust and reputations4. Hedging beyond truth5. Deriving hedged interpretationsPart II - Evidentials and Reliability6. The nature of evidentials7. Evidentials and reliability8. Using priorities9. Testimonial evidence10. ConclusionAppendix: Formal systemReferencesIndex