Interpretation and Understanding

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Our species has been hunting for meaning ever since we departed from our cousins in the evolutionary tree. We developed sophisticated forms of communication. Yet, as much as they can convey meaning and foster understanding, they can also hide meaning and prevent comprehension. Indeed, we can never be sure that a "yes" conveys assent or that a smile reveals pleasure. In order to ascertain what communicative behavior "means", we have to go through an elaborate cognitive process of interpretation.

This book deals with how we achieve the daily miracle of understanding each other. Based on the author ’s contributions to pragmatics, the book articulates his perspective using the insights of linguistics, the philosophy of language and rhetoric, and confronting alternatives to it. Theory formation is shaped by application to fields of human activity – such as legal practice, artificial intelligence, psychoanalysis, the media, literature, aesthetics, ethics and politics – where interpretation and understanding are paramount.

Using an accessible language, this is a book addressed to specialists as well as to anyone interested in interpreting understanding and understanding the potentialities and limits of interpretation.
[Not in series, 120]  2003.  xxii, 714 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword
Ix
Part I: Theorizing
1. Pragmatics and communicative intentions
3
2. Conversational relevance
31
3. Strategies of understanding
52
4. Two modes of understanding
82
5. Individual and collective intentions
101
6. How does a connective work?
115
7. Commitment and involvement
149
8. Cues, clues, and context
169
9. Models of interpretation
194
Part II: Applying
10. Understanding digressions
213
11. Understanding a metaphor
244
12. Three remarks on pragmatics and literature
273
13. Understanding controversies
280
14. Understanding misunderstanding
293
15. Understanding the law
322
16. Understanding jokes and dreams
362
17. Understanding art
380
18. Why does language matter to Artificial Intelligence?
402
19. Pragmatics in the digital age
437
20. Interpretation and tolerance
457
21. Understanding other cultures
477
Part III: Meeting the alternatives
22. Why should I ask her?
497
23. Speech act theory and pragmatics
507
24. The pragmatic structure of conversation
521
25. Contextualism
542
26. Does pragmatics need semantics?
562
27. Pragmatics and foundationalism
594
28. The marriage of pragmatics and rhetoric
600
29. Hermeneutic interpretation and pragmatic interpretation
623
30. The limits of interpretation
641
Sources and acknowledgments
660
References
666
Subject Index
695
Name Index
709
“This book provides valuable insights on a impressively rich set of topics, also managing to link them in a unitary design.”
“[...] as the reader can find in this collection of essays, Dascal's contribution to pragmatics has been enormous and highly valuable. The range of perspectives and objects of analysis that he had undertaken in the last decades is incredibly wide, covering not only typical aspect of pragmatic analysis, but also other areas not often (or not sufficiently) studied within pragmatics.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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