Relevance Theory
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Relevance Theory, a communication theory developed by Dan Sperber and Deidre Wilson (Sperber and Wilson 1986; 1995), has made a significant impact on the field of pragmatic linguistics. As a theoretical account of the phenomenon of human cognition and communication, Relevance Theory represents a noteworthy advance over the ‘code model’ of communication. Since the c…

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Smith, Kevin G., “Relevance Theory”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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