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Perspectives on Linguistic Pragmatics

  • Alessandro Capone
  • Franco Lo Piparo
  • Marco Carapezza
  • Builds on an important area of linguistic theory

  • Utilizes Relevance Theory as an important framework

  • Explores the relationship between semantics and pragmatics?


Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Noel Burton-Roberts
    Pages 1-22
  3. Louise Cummings
    Pages 23-56
  4. Nicholas Allott
    Pages 57-98
  5. Alessandro Capone
    Pages 131-151
  6. Alessandro Capone
    Pages 153-183
  7. Eros Corazza
    Pages 243-261
  8. Keith Allan
    Pages 285-310
  9. Bart Geurts, Emar Maier
    Pages 311-327
  10. Klaus von Heusinger
    Pages 349-374
  11. Istvan Kecskes, Fenghui Zhang
    Pages 375-395

About this book


This volume provides insight into linguistic pragmatics from the perspective of linguists who have been influenced by philosophy. Theory of Mind and perspectives on point of view are presented along with other topics including: semantics vs. semiotics,  clinical pragmatics, explicatures, cancellability of explicatures, interactive language use,  reference, common ground, presupposition, definiteness, logophoricity and point of view in connection with pragmatic inference, pragmemes and language games, pragmatics and artificial languages, the mechanism of the form/content correlation from a pragmatic point of view,  amongst other issues relating to language use. Relevance Theory is introduced as an important framework, allowing readers to familiarize themselves with technical details and linguistic terminology.

This book follows on from the first volume: both contain the work of world renowned experts who discuss theories relevant to pragmatics. Here, the relationship between semantics and pragmatics is explored: conversational explicatures are a way to bridge the gap in semantics between underdetermined logical forms and full propositional content. 

These volumes are written in an accessible way and work well both as a stimulus to further research and as a guide to less experienced researchers and students who would like to know more about this vast, complex, and difficult field of inquiry.


Relevance Theory Theory of Mind conversational explicatures pragmatic inference pragmemes and language games semantics and pragmatics

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Capone
    • 1
  • Franco Lo Piparo
    • 2
  • Marco Carapezza
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Messina/PalermoBarcellona Pozzo di GottoItaly
  2. 2.University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.University of PalermoPalermoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perspectives on Linguistic Pragmatics
  • Editors Alessandro Capone
    Franco Lo Piparo
    Marco Carapezza
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-01013-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37689-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-01014-4
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 543
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    Theoretical Linguistics
    Linguistics, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the book reviews:

“Perspectives on linguistic pragmatics, comprises 20 chapters and covers a range of topics that pertain to linguistic pragmatics. … this volume enjoys a number of merits that make it a unique text suitable not only for professionals (e.g., pragmaticists, semanticists, linguists, anthropologists, literary theorists, and philosophers of language) but also for anyone who is interested in a general understanding of linguistic pragmatics (or pragmalinguistics).” (Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan, Intercultural Pragmatics, Vol. 11 (4), 2014)