Relevance theory and language change

Clark, Billy (2016) Relevance theory and language change. Lingua, 175 (176). pp. 139-153. ISSN 0024-3841

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2015.12.007

Abstract

This paper considers how ideas developed within relevance theory can be applied in accounting for language change. It briefly surveys previous relevance-theoretic work on language change and suggests that studies of procedural meaning, lexical pragmatics and metarepresentation can each play an important role in accounting for semantic change. It identifies a number of areas for further research which could help to develop understanding of both relevance theory and language change and suggests that one important line of further research would be to explore connections between work in relevance theory and approaches which adopt terms and ideas from the theory without adopting the relevance-theoretic framework overall.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relevance; Language change; Procedural meaning; Lexical pragmatics; Metarepresentation
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2018 09:13
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35376

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