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Context Operationalized

Context Operationalized The meanings speakers and auditors assign to utterances are exquisitely context sensitive, with contexts and their elements varying wildly with the linguistic occasions. This paper investigates a theory of how linguistic agents might assign meanings to utterances in a contextually sensitive manner consistent with the agents’ evident inability cognitively to identify what within their systems of mental representation is contextually relevant to the utterances of the moment. According to the proposed account, the contexts determinative of meaning function in the manner of adverbial operators on utterances serving so to fuse context and utterance as to render context transparent to agents. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1877-3095
eISSN
1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/18773109-13050205
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Abstract

The meanings speakers and auditors assign to utterances are exquisitely context sensitive, with contexts and their elements varying wildly with the linguistic occasions. This paper investigates a theory of how linguistic agents might assign meanings to utterances in a contextually sensitive manner consistent with the agents’ evident inability cognitively to identify what within their systems of mental representation is contextually relevant to the utterances of the moment. According to the proposed account, the contexts determinative of meaning function in the manner of adverbial operators on utterances serving so to fuse context and utterance as to render context transparent to agents.

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: context; speaker meaning; auditor meaning; utterance meaning; mental representation; operator

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