Sauerland, Uli and Schumacher, Petra B. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-8502 (2016). Pragmatics: Theory and Experiment Growing Together. Linguistische Berichte (245). pp. 3-24. Buske. ISSN 0024-3930 (Print)

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Pragmatics is already an established subfield of linguistics and the Gricean distinction between literal and speaker's meaning is one of the foundations of modern linguistic theory. But progress in pragmatics has been slow compared to other subfields of linguistics over the last four decades. We argue that one recent trend, namely Experimental Pragmatics, promises to overcome the stagnant state of pragmatic theory. We present both the three main developments that come together in Experimental Pragmatics (Gricean pragmatics, precise models, and formal experiments). We then present recent results that exemplify the promise of Experimental Pragmatics in two core domains: scalar implicatures and metonymy.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Schumacher, Petra
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-376543
Journal or Publication Title: Linguistische Berichte
Number: 245
Page Range: pp. 3-24
Date: 2016
Publisher: Buske
ISSN: 0024-3930 (Print)
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Cologne Center of Language Sciences - Kölner Zentrum Sprachwissenschaften (CCLS)
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
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Refereed: Yes


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