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INTERPRETATION AND PRAGMATICS

Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199256280
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601712 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256284.003.0007
INTERPRETATION AND PRAGMATICS

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Argues for an approach to the interpretation of text‐based works within which the idea of a communicative intention is central. The communicative approach, apart from providing detailed, illuminating, and testable theories, transposes very well from conversational exchange to the interpretation of text‐based works, and promises to illuminate aesthetic aspects of our engagement with works. Examines the consequences of this approach for the issue of pluralism about interpretation.

Keywords: communication; Grice; interpretation; pragmatics; psycholinguistics; relevance theory; texts

Chapter.  11496 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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