Salience and defaults in utterance processing

Keith Allan, Kasia M. Jaszczolt

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The book addresses controversies around the conscious vs automatic processing of contextual information and the distinction between literal and nonliteral meaning. It sheds new light on the relation of the literal/nonliteral distinction to the distinction between the automatic and conscious retrieval of information. The question of literal meaning is inherently interwoven with the question of lexical salience on one hand and default interpretations on the other. This volume addresses these interconnected issues, stressing their mutual interdependence. It contributes new, ground-breaking insights into the questions of literalness, semantics-pragmatics interface, automatic (default) retrieval and contextual pragmatic enrichment, modelling of discourse processing, lexical pragmatics, and other related issues.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages231
ISBN (Electronic)9783110270679
ISBN (Print)9783110270587
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2011

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