Alfredo Paternoster

Relevance, inference and explanatory levels. Some remarks on Mazzone's cognitive pragmatics

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In this paper I discuss the view according to which pragmatic inferences can be accounted for by schemata. The idea is that pragmatic inferences are realised by the hierarchical- associative architecture of semantic memory. I will argue that the concept of schema can hardly account for all kinds of inferences presumably involved in the processes of comprehension and I will outline a more articulated explanatory model in which some inferences require propositional representations.


  • Cognitive Pragmatics
  • Explanatory Levels
  • Inference
  • Relevance Theory
  • Schemata
  • Semantic Memory


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