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Conditionality in individual minds: An argument for a wholly pragmatic approach to utterance interpretation

Sztencel, Magdalena (2014) Conditionality in individual minds: An argument for a wholly pragmatic approach to utterance interpretation. Lingua, 152. pp. 81-97.

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Abstract

There is a growing body of research which undermines the traditional dual-processing model of utterance interpretation, whereby pragmatic inference is preceded by the context-independent process of linguistic decoding. This body of research suggests that utterance interpretation is a wholly pragmatic inferential process. In this paper, I seek to defend a wholly pragmatic approach by investigating the role of the purported process of context-independent decoding and the process of pragmatic inference in determining when a conditional is false. I show that material conditionality, like all kinds of conditionality, lies in pragmatically derived holistic thought, i.e. not in any putative linguistic semantics.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2014.09.012
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
School/Department: School of Languages & Linguistics
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1053

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