UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 10 (1998)

Recent approaches to bridging: Truth, coherence, relevance


This paper considers three recent approaches to bridging reference, based on notions of truth, coherence and relevance, and argues that a relevance-based approach to bridging is preferable on both descriptive and explanatory grounds. Using questionnaire results from Matsui 1995, it compares the predictions of the relevance-theoretic account with several versions of truth- based and coherence-based approaches, and shows how the intuitions behind these approaches might be explained on a relevance-theoretic account.

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