This is the official website of Dan Sperber, who is a French social and cognitive scientist who has developed a naturalistic approach to culture under the name of "epidemiology of representations". With Deirdre Wilson of University College London, he has also developed a cognitive approach to communication known as Relevance theory. Relevance is among the influential theories in contemporary linguistic thought. Sperber's site offers a brief biography, bibliography, and a list of selected articles arranged by date or by theme, written in English or French. The texts are freely accessible under certain conditions of use. The site will be of interest to students and researchers working in the areas of pragmatics, communication, linguistic anthropology, cognitive linguistics, and other related linguistic fields.
English Language and Linguistics is a biannual journal which focuses on the description of the English language within the framework of contemporary linguistics. It covers a range of theoretical perspectives, including syntax; morphology; phonology; semantics; pragmatics; corpus linguistics; and lexis. The site has a link to Cambridge Journals Online, where free tables of contents and abstracts of articles, starting with volume 1, 1997, are provided. For registered users, there is the additional benefit of email alerting. The journal is available to institutions in print and electronic form, and to individuals in print only. Discounts are available to members of the European Society for the Study of English, the Linguistic Society of America, and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
The Berkeley FrameNet project home page is an online lexical resource for English. The resource is based on frame semantics and its analyses are supported by evidence gathered from language corpora. The basic idea of frame semantics is to place each use of a word in a frame of semantic and syntactic relations that illustrates its meaning and uses. The site contains examples of the different ways of annotating words along with an extensive documentation of the theory and methods used. In addition the site contains a discussion forum, some articles and a PDF version of the book FrameNet II: Extended Theory and Practice. This resource is useful for researchers and students of lexical semantics and anyone interested in a lexical semantic description of English.
This is the Elsevier Science website of the Journal of Pragmatics, an interdisciplinary monthly of language studies dealing with various aspects of pragmatic research: forms, functions and foundations of human interaction. It explores language in a broad theoretical perspective and draws on studies in sociolinguistics, general linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, computational linguistics, applied linguistics and other areas of linguistic research. The Journal also takes interest in neighbouring disciplines such as communication science, information science, psychiatry, neuropsychology. Each issue focuses on a specific subject of particular interest to different groups of readers, such as politeness across cultures, discourse strategies, or syntactic questions in pragmatics. Tables of contents and abstracts can be browsed on the journal webpage, but access to the journal articles is by subscription only (one free sample issue available).
Kent Bach is professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. His personal home page includes online versions of his publications in the area of the philosophy of language, especially speech-acts and conversational implicature. Bach is also concerned with philosophical problems surrounding referring and belief-reports, and issues at the intersection between mind and world, such as self-deception and truth. Aside from articles on these topics, he has also published a large number of reviews and encyclopaedia entries, also included on the site. Also featured near the bottom of the home page is a select set of links to philosophy and other sites of interest.