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date: 20 September 2019

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Relevance theory, a cognitive pragmatics theory of human communication, was developed in the mid-1980s by Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson in their book, Relevance: Communication and Cognition, but their earlier publications also dealt with this theory, specifically comparing it to Grice's cooperative principle. Since then, it has become a highly influential theory in today's pragmatics and has been applied to many types of discourse and research areas within pragmatics. This chapter discusses the following: cognition, communication, Grice and the role of intention, coding/inferring, mutuality, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, relevance as a cost–benefit procedure, the explicit/implicit distinction in utterance interpretation, relevance and grammar, and social aspects of communication.

Keywords: pragmatics, human communication, cognition, Grice, intention, semantics, relevance

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