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Imagination and Convention


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Preface 1: Overview I: The Landscape of Pragmatic Inference Introduction to Part I 2: The Gricean Framework 3: The Linguistic Turn 4: The Psychological Turn II: The Interpretive Effects of Linguistic Rules Introduction to Part II 5: The Scope of Linguistic Conventions 6: Speech Act Conventions: Indirection and Relevance 7: Presupposition and Anaphora: The Case of Tense and Aspect 8: Information Structure: Intonation and Scalars Summary of Part II and Projection III: Varieties of Interpretive Reasoning Introduction to Part III 9: The Scope of Interpretive Reasoning 10: Perspective Taking: Metaphor 11: Presenting Utterances: Sarcasm, Irony, and Humor 12: Leaving Things Open: Hinting Summary of Part III and Projection IV: Theorizing Semantics and Pragmatics Introduction to Part IV 13: Interpretation and Intention Recognition 14: Inquiry and the Formal Underpinnings of Communication Conclusion

About the Author

Ernie Lepore is Board of Governors, Professor of Philosophy and an Acting Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers. Matthew Stone is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers.


Lepore and Stone's articulation of direct intentionalism offers a strategy for combining into a unified theory both fundamental philosophical theories concerning the nature of intentions and cooperative activity and empirical theories in linguistics and cognitive science concerning the particular mechanism of natural languages. This is a significant accomplishment.... I wholeheartedly recommend their book for anyone interested in the relationship between conventional meaning and cooperative rational action and the attendant issue of how to understand the relationship between pragmatics and semantics. * Lenny Clapp, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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