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Pragmatics, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Edited by: Dr Antonino Pennisi, Dr Alessandra Falzone and Dr Alessandro Capone

It is our pleasure to introduce the Article Collection on Pragmatics, Philosophy and Cognitive Science.

This Collection invites both experimental and theoretical articles in cognitive sciences, including papers on the pragmatics of language. Cognitive sciences include many different research fields sharing a methodological approach on mental abilities both in humans and in animals. Since their formulation, Cognitive sciences obtained spectacular achievements about the functioning of the human mind; in particular the study of language has offered an advantage in so far as speech pathologies and other animal communication problems allowed us to expand our knowledge on real mechanisms operating in human language.

The articles offer a panorama of the most recent trends in cognitive sciences in connection with the language faculty.

Part of this Collection explores the issue of intentionality, and how pragmatics can augment the expressive potential of a language by using aspects of the context codified in a number of cues and clues.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive science
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Pragmatics
  • Speech pathology

The Collection will also consider so-called ‘negative result’ studies.

Submission Instructions:

If your manuscript meets the aims and scope of this individual Collection, please first follow all of the SpringerPlus Submission Guidelines.

During submission, at the "Additional Information" section, please select that you are submitting to an Article Collection, and choose “Pragmatics, Philosophy and Cognitive Science” from the list.

Collection Articles:

  1. Research

    Sunt verba rerum: the pragmatic life of words

    Pragmatics is not about language as such, viewed in isolation, but about words as they are being used. And words are never things, pure objects; words have their history and lives: their story is the story of ...

    Jacob L. Mey

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1653

    Published on: 23 September 2016

  2. Research

    In search of a principled theory of the ‘value’ of knowledge

    A theory of the Value/Utility of information and knowledge (K) is not really there. This would require a theory of the centrality of Goals in minds, and of the role of K relative to Goals and their dynamics. ...

    Cristiano Castelfranchi

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1617

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  3. Research

    The semantics of person and de se effects in free indirect discourse

    In this contribution we will address the main puzzling empirical issues that have been formulated around Free Indirect Discourse (FID): the constraints on the use of first person pronouns and of proper names (...

    Denis Delfitto, Gaetano Fiorin and Anne Reboul

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1451

    Published on: 30 August 2016

  4. Research

    On the temporal interpretation of certain surprise questions

    This article considers a special kind of surprise questions, i.e. those introduced by the adversative particle ma (but), and compares it with surprise exclamations. The main issue addressed here concerns the obli...

    Alessandra Giorgi

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1390

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  5. Research

    Contextual determinants on the meaning of the N word

    Use of the word nigger is very often castigated as slurring the referent, but this ignores the context of use. For many people the word itself is a slur no matter what the context, and such people argue for its e...

    Keith Allan

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1141

    Published on: 20 July 2016

  6. Research

    On explicatures, cancellability and cancellation

    Within the Gricean framework only what is conversationally implicated is cancellable, whereas what is conventionally implicated and what is said cannot be cancelled without giving rise to contradiction. In th...

    Gregor Walczak

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1115

    Published on: 19 July 2016

  7. Research

    The “exaptation” of linguistic implicit strategies

    Implicit strategies are known to increase persuasion performances. Implicits of content (vagueness, implicatures) and implicits of responsibility (presuppositions, topics) will be compared semiotically to non-...

    Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1106

    Published on: 18 July 2016

  8. Research

    Adpositions and presuppositions

    This paper looks at presuppositions of adpositions, a topic which has not been examined much, in spite of the very large body of work on presuppositions. Some earlier assertions about adpositional presuppositi...

    Alan Reed Libert

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:858

    Published on: 24 June 2016

  9. Research

    Pragmatics in language change and lexical creativity

    This essay examines language change and linguistic creativity as revealed by remodelling, especially as a source for euphemisms and euphemistic dysphemisms and as a function of verbal play. Within the scope of...

    Keith Allan

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:342

    Published on: 17 March 2016

  10. Short report

    Cognitive impairment and pragmatics

    One of the most important ingredients of felicitous conversation exchanges is the adequate expression of illocutionary force and the achievement of perlocutionary effects, which can be considered essential to ...

    Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Sara Schatz

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:127

    Published on: 19 February 2016