Cognitive & Communicative Principle and the Interpretation of Bridging Anaphora

Xiaoli WU

Abstract


Bridging anaphora, a usual phenomenon in daily communication, is characterized by the anaphoric expressions which are definite noun phrases. This process can be interpreted as the search for relevance by communicators. Cognitive Principle claims that humans intuitively concentrate their minds on relevance and Communicative Principle provides bases for identifying the referents. Bridging anaphora can be expounded cognitively under the framework of Relevance Theory.

Keywords


Bridging Anaphora; Cognitive and Communicative Principle; Relevance

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.sll.1923156320130602.4357

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