Relevance Theory Online Bibliographic Service

Last updated: 1 August 2021

Created and updated by

Francisco Yus
University of Alicante (Spain)
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(1) Authors' index (in alphabetical order). Available HERE
(2) Thematic Sections:

1.   Pre-1986 research on relevance.
2.   General comments, reviews, criticism, compilations.
3.   Cognition, beliefs, modularity.
4.   Inference, intention, effects/effort, context, mutual knowledge, metarepresentations; misunderstandings.

5.   Semantics, conceptual vs. procedural meaning, concepts, reference, presupposition, argumentation. 6.   Explicit/implicit continuum; literalness; indirectness; loose talk; Grice. 7.   Grammar/Syntax. 8.   Literature, written discourse, textual analysis, stylistics, cohesion/coherence, specialised discourses, genre(s).
9.   Figurative language (metaphor, metonymy, etc. including idioms).
10. Irony. Sarcasm. Echoic use.
11. Humour.
12. Media discourses, Internet-mediated communication, images, art, technology.
13. Music.
14. Translation and interpreting.
15. Intonation, prosody, phonetics, phonology.
16. (Im)politeness, face work, conversational cooperation, phatic communication, insults.
17. Philosophy, rhetoric, semiotics.
18. Speech acts, conversation, interactive particles, discourse markers.
19. Anthropology, ethnography, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication, cultural representations, evolutionary psychology, social issues.
20. Developmental pragmatics. Language acquisition.
21. Communication disorders and limitations.
22. (Second) (language) teaching.
23. Experimental approaches.

1. Pre-1986 research on relevance

2. General comments, reviews, criticism, compilations

3. Cognition, beliefs, modularity

4. Inference, intention, effects/effort, context, mutual knowledge, metarepresentations; misunderstandings

4.1. Inference / intention; persuasion; effects / effort; reasoning; rationality

4.2. Context 4.3. Mutual knowledge; mutual manifestness 4.4. Metarepresentations 4.5. Misunderstandings 4.6. Verbal and nonverbal communication. Bodily communication. Non-propositional communication. Interjections. Feelings and emotions

5. Semantics; conceptual vs. procedural meaning, reference, presupposition

5.1. Semantics (general); semantics vs. pragmatics

5.2. Conceptual and procedural meaning 5.3. Reference; lexical meaning; lexical pragmatics; concepts (and ad hoc concepts); deixis 5.4. Presupposition 5.5. Argumentation

6. Explicit/implicit continuum; literalness; indirectness; loose talk; Grice

6.1. Linguistic underdeterminacy, pragmatic enrichment, loose talk, vagueness

6.2. Explicature, explicit meaning 6.3. Implicature, implicit meaning 6.4. Literal vs. nonliteral; explicit vs. implicit; loose talk, vagueness 6.5. Grice; neo- and post-Gricean pragmatics