Workshop organised as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-25, 2011
Organisers: Anton Benz, Katja Jasinskaja, Fabienne Salfner
Human communication is characterized by the ability to convey more information than uttered just by words. There are two major theoretical frameworks that approach this matter from different perspectives: one is the theory of rhetorical relations that characterizes the macro-structure of discourse. This approach derives the additional content from the kind of connection between discourse segments. The other approach is the theory of conversational implicatures, which usually considers a single speech act and derives the additional content from the assumption that the communication participants observe the conversational maxims. The workshop will provide a platform to discuss the interplay of these two aspects of pragmatic inference: discourse structure and implicatures.
Robert van Rooij