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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.

27th October 2021: Kate Scott (Kingston): Relevance and Communication Design

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

15th December 2021: Daniel Sax. Information and Relevance.

If you are interested in presenting at a session in 2022, please get in touch!

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.