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Jiang, Yan (2012) 'A Formal Characterization of Explicature and its Consequences to Explicating in Chinese.' Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 8 (2). pp. 241-253.

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This paper studies the notion of explicature and the process of explicating in relevance-theoretic pragmatics against the background of the minimalism versus contextualism controversy. It attempts to give a formal definition of explicature, which has not yet been spelt out in the literature. It then applies the formal characterization to the study of a range of related cases in Chinese grammar. The findings are used to re-examine the minimalism/contextualism debate. We argue that explicature theory does not by nature favour either of the two sides.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: explicature, minimalism, contextualism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 17431662
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 15:24

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