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Conspicuous SilencesImplicature and Fictionality in the Victorian Novel$
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Ruth Rosaler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769743.001.0001

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Pragmatics and Fictional Narrative

(p.1) Introduction
Conspicuous Silences

Ruth Rosaler

Oxford University Press

The introduction provides the theoretical background for the largely historical analyses in the chapters that follow. It discusses narrative theoretical and pragmatic stylistic conceptualizations of fictionality, narration, and narrative gaps. It introduces relevance theory (the pragmatics theory adopted within this text) and the concept of implicature. This introductory chapter shows how narrative theory and pragmatic stylistics can inform each other as well as discussions of the Victorian novels that follow in subsequent chapters. Specifically, narrative theory’s understanding of narrative gaps and narratorial omniscience may benefit greatly from key pragmatic stylistic ideas, and pragmatic stylistic conceptions of fictionality may benefit from narrative theoretical discussions of fictionality and narratorial omniscience. Pragmatic stylistics prides itself on being both heavily theoretical and historical in orientation; this introduction provides the theoretical counterbalance to the mostly historical analyses which follow.

Keywords:   fictionality, gaps, implicature, narration, narrative theory, omniscience, pragmatics, relevance theory, stylistics

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