Journal article

Explicitness, implicitness and commitment attribution: A cognitive pragmatic approach

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  • 2008
Published in:
  • Belgian Journal of Linguistics. - John Benjamins Publishing Company. - 2008, vol. 22, p. 197-219
English This paper proposes a cognitive-pragmatic alternative to the traditional, speech-act-theoretic, account of the notion of commitment. The perspective adopted here questions the relevance of addressing actual commitment as a speaker category and shifts the focus of the discussion from properties of speaker commitment to processes of commitment attribution. Using a relevance-theoretic framework, it will be suggested that inferring commitment in ordinary, cooperative, communication is part of the processes by which hearers derive speaker meaning, and that the degree of reliability that a hearer may expect to attain in attributing commitment to a speaker correlates to the degree of certainty associated to the derivation of explicatures and implicatures from an utterance.
Faculty
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Department
Département d'anglais
Language
  • English
Classification
Language, linguistics
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green
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https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/323885
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