The role of inference and inferencing in pragmatic models of communication

Elder, Chi-Hé ORCID: and Haugh, Michael (2024) The role of inference and inferencing in pragmatic models of communication. Journal of Pragmatics, 229. pp. 71-76. ISSN 0378-2166

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Inference is central to pragmatic theories of meaning and communication, but most studies of inference to date have been undertaken in adjacent fields rather than in pragmatics. The aim of this special issue is to bring together pragmatic perspectives on inference in order to further our understanding of the role that inference - as both a product and a process - plays in pragmatic models of communication. This aim is realised through a set of six papers that collectively address key questions arising when we go beyond the traditional focus in pragmatics on inferences by the hearer about the speaker's intended meaning. These articles draw from a range of different methodological and theoretical standpoints to examine the inferential, interactional, and developmental processes that underpin different types of pragmatic inference. It is concluded that more sophisticated theoretical accounts of pragmatic inference are needed to account for the wide range of inferential phenomena that can be empirically observed in communication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: commitment,communication,inference,intention,meaning,language and linguistics,linguistics and language,artificial intelligence ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2024 09:32
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 13:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2024.06.002

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