- The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language
- List of Contributors
- Frege's Contribution to Philosophy of Language
- Wittgenstein on Language: From Simples to Samples
- Philosophy of Language in the Twentieth Century
- Language as Internal
- Languages and Idiolects: Their Language and Ours
- Rule‐Following, Meaning, and Normativity
- Naturalist Theories of Meaning
- Truth and Meaning
- Meaning Holism
- Indeterminacy of Translation
- Intention‐Based Semantics
- Propositional Content
- Conceptual Role Semantics
- Semantic Internalism and Externalism
- Relevance Theory—New Directions and Developments
- The Distinction between Semantics and Pragmatics
- The Essence of Reference
- Predicate Reference
- Names and Natural Kind Terms
- What Does it Take to Refer?
- Formal Semantics
- Two‐Dimensional Semantics
- The Pragmatics of the Logical Constants
- Logical Form and LF
- Semantics for Nondeclaratives
- Speech Acts and Performatives
- Meaning and Reference: Some Chomskian Themes
- What I Know When I Know a Language
- Realism and Antirealism
- Shared Content
- The Perils and Pleasures of Interpretation
Abstract and Keywords
Much work in relevance theory relies on the kinds of method and data familiar to linguistic philosophers: essentially introspection and native speaker intuitions on properties such as truth conditions, truth values, what is said, etc. Recently, however, relevance theorists have been at the forefront of a newly-emerging research field, experimental pragmatics, which aims to apply the empirical techniques of psycholinguistics to questions about utterance interpretation. Over the last few years, this new research methodology has thrown up interesting and sometimes surprising insights into the psychological processes underlying human communication and comprehension, some of which are discussed in this article.
Robyn Carston is Professor of Linguistics at University College London and Research Coordinator at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo. Her main research interests are in pragmatics, semantics, relevance theory, word meaning and figurative language. She has published a monograph Thoughts and utterances: the pragmatics of explicit communication (Blackwell, 2002) and is preparing a collection of papers to be published under the title Pragmatics and semantic content (Oxford University Press).
George Powell, University College London
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