Presuppositions and Cognitive Processes

Understanding the Information Taken for Granted

  • Filippo Domaneschi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Filippo Domaneschi
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  3. Filippo Domaneschi
    Pages 45-88
  4. Filippo Domaneschi
    Pages 105-124
  5. Filippo Domaneschi
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  6. Filippo Domaneschi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-164

About this book


This book breaks new ground towards an understanding of the mental processes involved in presupposition, the comprehension of information taken for granted. Various psycholinguistic experiments are discussed to support the idea that involved in ordinary language comprehension are complex and demanding cognitive processes. The author demonstrates that these processes exist not only at the explicit level of an utterance but also at a deeper level of computing, where the background information taken for granted as already known and shared between interlocutors is processed. The author shows that experimental research can suggest new theoretical models for presupposition, thus this book will be of interest to researchers and students of psycholinguistics, the philosophy of language and experimental pragmatics.

Filippo Domaneschi is Lecturer and Researcher in Psychology of Language at the University of Genoa, Italy and he is director of the research project EXPRESS – Experimenting on presuppositions. He is author of various psycholinguistic papers in scientific journals, and he is author of Introduction to pragmatics (2014, tr. engl.), co-editor of What is said and what is not (2013) and editor of the special issuePresuppositions: philosophy, linguistics and psychology (2016).


Psycholinguistics experimental pragmatics implicatures cognitive load presuppositions cognition language linguistics philosophy pragmatics psycholinguistics understanding

Authors and affiliations

  • Filippo Domaneschi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Genoa GenoaItaly

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