Retrieving propositions from context: Why and how

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Retrieving from context is an essential part of discourse interpretation. According to Relevance theory, it is a precondition on the establishment of utterance Relevance. This paper analyzes the system of marking syntactically independent propositions as background for other, usually adjacent utterances. The propositions thus modified are those which are assumed to be accessible to the addressee, and are presented in order to support an original proposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-600
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1988


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