Speaker Meaning, Commitment and Accountability

Elder, Chi-Hé ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3702-5397 (2021) Speaker Meaning, Commitment and Accountability. In: Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics. Cambridge University Press, pp. 48-68.

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Building on Grice’s seminal work on ‘speaker meaning’, this chapter explores three different approaches to meaning in communication in light of how they view the relationship between ‘speaker meanings’ and ‘speaker commitments’: (1) inferential accounts of intentional meaning (stemming from Relevance Theory), (2) normative commitment-based approaches to communication and (3) interactional achievement accounts. It examines how these different perspectives yield different results regarding the meanings that speakers are committed to, held committed to by others or held normatively committed to in virtue of conventions of language use. Finally, it demonstrates how the concept of ‘reflexive accountability’ from talk-in-interaction provides the link in the sociopragmatic toolkit between questions about meaning recovery and the questions of why and how speakers choose to formulate their utterances in different ways for different purposes.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > UEA Experimental Philosophy Group
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 01:34
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74638
DOI: 10.1017/9781108954105.005

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