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Interpretation as Pragmatics

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Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 1-34
  3. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 35-60
  4. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 61-88
  5. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 89-117
  6. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 118-151
  7. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 152-198
  8. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 199-231
  9. Jean-Jacques Lecercle
    Pages 232-237
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 238-251

About this book


Why is it that all interpretations are possible, and none is true? That some interpretations are just, but some are false? Lecercle draws on the resources of pragmatics, literary theory and the philosophy of language to propose a new theory of literary, but also of face-to-face, dialogue that charts the interaction between the five participants in the fields of dialogue and/or interpretation: author, reader, text, language and encyclopaedia. Interpretation is taken through its four stages, from glossing and enigma solving to translation and intervention.


interaction Interpretation language philosophy of language pragmatics

About the authors

JEAN-JACQUES LECERCLE is Professor of English at the University of Nanterre, where he teaches English literature, linguistics and the philosophy of language. He is the author of Philosophy Through the Looking-Glass, The Violence of Language and Philosophy of Nonsense.

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