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Where is procedural meaning located? Evidence from discourse connectives and tenses

Published in Lingua. 2016, vol. 175-176, p. 122-138
Abstract The main goal of this article is to make a proposal about where procedural meaning is located. Procedural meaning is defined as guiding the processing of conceptual information, whereas conceptual meaning includes information about the representation of entities, for instance objects or events. Conceptual information for connectives is described at the level of entailment, explicature and implicature, and may indicate possible causal relations among the events described, whereas procedural information for causal connectives is restricted to indicating the direction of the causal relation (forward or backward). Conceptual information for tenses specifies temporal coordinates, while procedural meaning specifies directional and subjective properties of events, using features such as [narrative] or [subjective]. A second goal is to answer a central question for pragmatics: what is the contribution of connectives, that is, what is the difference between discourses with and without connectives? The pragmatic framework adopted, which is based on Relevance Theory, gives the following answer: in a discourse without connectives, the accessibility of the intended interpretation depends solely on the context, whereas the use of connectives allows a simpler route, reducing the number of inferential steps and helping to determine semantic and pragmatic contents such as entailments, explicatures and implicatures.
Keywords TensesConnectivesProcedural meaningSemantics-pragmatics interfaceEntailmentExplicatureImplicature
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Research group Sémantique-pragmatique-cognition
Project FNS: LogPrag: Sémantique et pragmatique des mots logiques (100012_146093)
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MOESCHLER, Jacques. Where is procedural meaning located? Evidence from discourse connectives and tenses. In: Lingua, 2016, vol. 175-176, p. 122-138. doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2015.11.006 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:109651

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