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Laurence Goldstein


This book looks at brevity as an important topic for interdisciplinary study. It studies the diversity of ways in which brevity is achieved in conversation and examines the psychological, philosophical, and linguistic problems associated with the subject. When people make a contribution to a conversation, they tend towards brevity: they use elliptical constructions, exploit salient features of the environment in which the conversation is situated, make gestures, take account of what has been said before, either in the present conversation or in previous ones, and tailor their words to what the ... More

Keywords: brevity, ellipsis, interpretation, psycholinguistics, conversation

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Goldstein, editor
School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent

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Laurence Goldstein

Part I Brevity in Language and Thought

1 Fragment Answers to Questions: A Case of Inaudible Syntax*

Jason Merchant , Lyn Frazier, Charles Clifton, Jr, and Thomas Weskott

3 On Coordination in Dialogue: Sub-sentential Talk and its Implications

Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Ronnie Cann, and Ruth Kempson

4 Inexplicit Thoughts*

Christopher Gauker

7 Transitive Meanings for Intransitive Verbs*

Anouch Bourmayan and François Recanati

Part II The Philosophy of Brevity

11 And and And **

Andreas Stokke

Part III Experimenting with Brevity

13 ‘Be brief’: From Necessity to Choice*

Eve V. Clark and Chigusa Kurumada

16 Narrowing*

Ira Noveck and Nicola Spotorno

Part IV Prolixity

17 Relevance Theory and Prolixity*

Friedrich Christoph Doerge

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