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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. This work provides a case study centered on the cognitive phenomenon of factualization, viz. “the SP/W’s increasing certainty about the realization of an event or situation” (cf. Tantucci 2014, 2015a, b, 2016b). ...

    Authors: Vittorio Tantucci
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1773
  2. 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 ...

    Authors: Jacob L. Mey
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1653
  3. 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...

    Authors: Keith Allan
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1141
  4. 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...

    Authors: Gregor Walczak
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1115
  5. 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-...

    Authors: Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1106
  6. 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...

    Authors: Alan Reed Libert
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:858
  7. 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...

    Authors: Keith Allan
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:342
  8. 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 ...

    Authors: Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Sara Schatz
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:127