Causality and Connectives: From Grice to Relevance by Valandis Bardzokas

By Valandis Bardzokas

The publication explores finely-grained differences in causal that means, in general from a relevance-theoretic viewpoint. to extend the problem of this double activity, i.e. a radical in addition to passable account of reason and an in depth evaluate of the theoretical version hired to this finish, the present examine comprises an research conducted when it comes to contrasting the prototypical causal exponents of contemporary Greek subordination, i.e. epeiδi and γiati. furthermore, this aim is completed within the methodological framework of contrasting a variety of contextual functions of the 2 connectives opposed to their translated models in English, realizable by way of because. regardless of first impressions, a better remark of the big variety of functions of those markers within the discourse of coherence kinfolk illustrates divergences of their distribution, which, in flip, are taken to spotlight differing facets of causal interpretation. The inspiration for the relevance-theoretic version emanates from a response to an array of difficulties undermining conventional tenets of pragmatic conception originating with Grice’s stance, yet can also be made based on the typical perform in pragmatic learn (since its beginning) to pay low regard for the contribution of normal causal markers to debates aiming on the selection of the excellence that has been instrumental to problems with cognition and pragmatic interpretation, i.e. propositional vs. non-propositional that means.

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By virtue of being an act of ostensive communication, the utterance carries a presumption of its relevance to the audience and, in this way, of its impact on the modification of the audience’s set of beliefs, or, what is known as their cognitive environment. On the theoretical assumption that human cognition is geared towards maximization of relevance, the audience responds to this call for attention. However, participation in this communicative endeavour is not effected without the audience investing effort in processing the utterance.

Causality and Connectives These questions will be taken up after concluding our introductory chapter. To conclude, then, we will now attempt to orientate the promised discussion of causality and connectives that will develop in the rest of the present work. 3 Causality and connectives In the current analysis we will use the terms ‘connectives’ and ‘discourse markers’ interchangeably for two important reasons. The first one is that there seems to be no general consensus in the relevant literature on what counts as a discourse marker (Blakemore 2002: 1).

Later they add: As we do not primarily aim at descriptive adequacy, we do not claim that the list of relations […] is complete. We do claim, however, that the classes of relations can be the basis for a descriptively adequate set of relations comparable to that of Mann and Thomson (1988). To arrive at such a set, the classes can be further specified using segment-specific properties.  (Sanders, Spooren & Noordman 1993: 102–103) However, it remains to be seen what the means are by which this goal is to be achieved as well as the viability of the proposal that classes can be ‘specified using segment-specific properties’.

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