Conversational Relevance

  • Marcelo Dascal
Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 3)


In everyday life, in science and in philosophy, we often express judgments of relevance: fact a is relevant to fact b,theory c is relevant to action d,statement e is irrelevant to belief f, etc. And we often have a great measure of confidence in such judgments, since we are ready to base important decisions upon them (e.g., in the courtroom, when an objection concerning the irrelevance of a question is either sustained or rejected by the judge) and, when necessary, we are willing to engage in serious disputes about the truth of such judgments (e.g., a doctoral committee discussing about the relevance of the second chapter of a dissertation).


Semantic Relation Illocutionary Force Deductive Argument Semantic Relevance Local Purpose 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Dascal
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade Estadual de CampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Tel-Aviv UniversityIsrael

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