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The pragmatics of sentential co-ordination with and

Blakemore, D and Carston, R 2005, 'The pragmatics of sentential co-ordination with and' , Lingua, 115 (4) , pp. 569-589.

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Abstract

It is well known that utterances of certain and-conjunctions communicate a range of temporal and consequence relations between the states of affairs described by their conjuncts, and there are well established pragmatic accounts of how these elements of meaning arise. Our main focus in this paper is on a different set of and-conjunction utterances, which have so far received much less attention. These examples do not have a narrative function, so temporal and causal relations are not at issue. There are broadly two types of case: those that play an argumentational role and those that express an attitude of surprise/disquiet to the co-occurrence of two states of affairs. We develop a relevance-theoretic pragmatic account of the full range of interpretations and show how it is able to explain (i) the interpretive disparities between and-utterances and the corresponding cases with but, and (ii) why and may be used together with some discourse markers, such as moreover, but not with others.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PE English
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Lingua
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0024-3841
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2007 13:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1341

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