Theories of Communication

July 8, 2012 - July 18, 2012
University of Latvia


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Elisabeth Camp
University of Pennsylvania
Rutgers - New Brunswick
Rutgers - New Brunswick
Ernie Lepore
Rutgers University
Peter Ludlow
Northwestern University
Dan Sperber
Central European University
Matthew Stone
Rutgers University
Deirdre Wilson
University College London

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What linguistic knowledge and interpretive mechanisms are required to explain the phenomena of inferential communication? Should we favour an explanation rooted in Relevance Theory? And what insight can a pragmatic approach give us into the evolution of human communication? These and other questions will be the focus of the 2012 edition of the International Summer School in Cognitive Sciences and Semantics. Among the topics explored will be the following: (i) information structure, (ii) temporal reference, (iii) indirect speech acts, (iv) non-literal uses of language, in particular, metaphor and related tropes, including hyperbole, simile, sarcasm and irony, (v) hinting, (vi) the nature of word meaning, (vii) cooperation and antagonism in conversation, (viii) slurs, and (ix) the idea of a dynamic lexicon.

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