Wilson, Deirdre; Sperber, Dan.
Representation and relevance
Mental representations: The interface between language and reality
Edited by Ruth M. Kempson
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. 133-153.


In this chapter, we discuss the notions of descriptive and interpretive representation and the relations between them; we reject the idea the interpretive representation is based on strict identity of propositional content; we show how an utterance may be used to represent a thought that merely resembles it in propositional content, and a thought may be used to represent another similar thought; we will illustrate the advantages of this approach by applying it to three traditional semantic and pragmatic problems the analyses of metaphor, irony, and interrogative utterances.


Maintained by Francis F. Steen, Communication Studies, University of California Los Angeles