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Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing

Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing by 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.

De Gruyter; October 2011
240 pages; ISBN 9783110270679
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Title: Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing
Author: Kasia M. Jaszczolt; Keith Allan