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Title: A formal characterization of explicature and its consequences to explicating in Chinese
Authors: Jiang, Y 
Keywords: Explicature
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Source: Linguistics and the human sciences, 2013, v. 8, no. 2, p. 243-255 How to cite?
Journal: Linguistics and the human sciences 
Abstract: This paper studies the notion of explicature and the process of explicating in relevancetheoretic pragmatics against the background of the minimalism versus contextualism controversy. It attempts to give a formal definition of explicature, which has not yet been spelt out in the literature. It then applies the formal characterization to the study of a range of related cases in Chinese grammar. The findings are used to reexamine the minimalism/contextualism debate. We argue that explicature theory does not by nature favour either of the two sides.
ISSN: 1742-2906
DOI: 10.1558/lhs.v8i2.243
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