Genre, Relevance and Global Coherence

The Pragmatics of Discourse Type

  • Authors
  • Christoph Unger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Christoph Unger
      Pages 1-22
  3. Global Coherence and Genre

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Christoph Unger
      Pages 46-71
    3. Christoph Unger
      Pages 72-103
  4. Expectations of Relevance and Genre

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Christoph Unger
      Pages 107-142
  5. Genre in Inferential Theories of Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Christoph Unger
      Pages 201-223
    3. Christoph Unger
      Pages 224-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-308

About this book


This book seeks to explain how discourse types influence the addressee's understanding of the communicator's intention. Examining global coherence-based accounts as well as proposals based on Gricean pragmatics, it argues that the key to a solution lies in the cognitive and communicative principles of relevance proposed by Sperber & Wilson.


coherence communication pragmatics

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