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Relevance Researchers’ Network

The Relevance Researchers’ Network is a space for those working on or using Relevance Theory to come together and discuss ideas.

Upcoming Events

Our talks take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 5:30 (UK and Ireland time) via Zoom. Links will be posted via the Relevance mailing list and via our Facebook group.

29th September 2021: Deirdre Wilson (UCL): Title coming soon!

27th October 2021: TBC.

24th November 2021: Pauline Madella (Middlesex): Relevance theory and L2 inferential comprehension: a multimodal approach to pragmatic development in L2 listeners.

Latest from the Blog

Christophe Heintz and Thom Scott-Phillips. Relevance Theory & the diversity of human expression.

This talk will be based on parts of the authors’ preprint: ‘Expression unleashed‘ Humans inform others in a wide variety of ways, from ordinary language use to painting, from exaggerated displays of affection to micro-movements that aid coordination. Using the framework of Relevance Theory, we shall present the claim that this diversity is united by … Continue reading Christophe Heintz and Thom Scott-Phillips. Relevance Theory & the diversity of human expression.

26th May 2021: Erika Marcet Torrijos (Dublin City University) Title: Pragmatic Challenges and Relevance in the L2 Context.

Abstract: Research on interlanguage pragmatics of L2 Japanese is limited in scope, as studies mostly focus on speech acts and other sociolinguistic and interactional strategies. As a result, researchers have yet to formally establish how learners of Japanese have difficulties with their production and interpretation of meaning from a cognitive perspective. Through Relevance Theory, this … Continue reading 26th May 2021: Erika Marcet Torrijos (Dublin City University) Title: Pragmatic Challenges and Relevance in the L2 Context.

28th April 2021: Tim Wharton (Brighton) and Constant Bonard (Institut Jean Nicod Department) Title: Emotion and Relevance.

Emotion and Relevance Wharton, Tim, David Sander, Daniel Dukes, Constant Bonard and Steve Oswald Handout for this session available here. The ability to focus on relevant information is central to human cognition and it is therefore hardly surprising that the notion of relevance appears across a range of different disciplines. As well as its central … Continue reading 28th April 2021: Tim Wharton (Brighton) and Constant Bonard (Institut Jean Nicod Department) Title: Emotion and Relevance.