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The current relevance-theoretic approach to interjections (Wharton 2000, 2001, 2003) analyses these as procedural elements that contribute to the recovery of the higher-level explicatures of utterances. is analysis seems to work satisfactorily for those emotive/expressive interjections accompanying another proposition or appended to another utterance. However, it does not seem to apply to interjections occurring alone, as independent utterances, and to the so-called type of conative/volitive interjections. For this reason, based on previous work on interjections and some relevance-theoretic postulates, this paper seeks to suggest a more general procedural analysis of interjections, according to which the procedures they encode would not lead hearers to construct higher-level explicatures, but to access contextual material that is necessary for the correct interpretation of interjectional utterances. As a result of such procedural meaning, interjections can be used with a rather precise informative intention, can be taken to communicate propositions and result in cognitive effects.

In: International Review of Pragmatics
In: Missverstehen


Given that humour greatly impacts customer satisfaction and loyalty, this paper explores the dialogical forms of humour occurring in evening service encounters. It reports on a study focusing on interactions between baristas and customers. The latter belong to two groups: university students in their late teens and twenties, and regulars over forty years old. The establishments selected for the study are small cafes and small tapas bars in Seville. The study is based on unobtrusive observation and field notes, as humour authenticity depends on naturalness and spontaneity. Although the interlocutors engaged in the encounters made use of dialogical forms of humour in order to achieve similar interactional goals, the results of the study reveal variation in terms of the quantity and categories of comical tokens. A series of individual and external factors explain this variation.

In: International Review of Pragmatics
Zu einer Urszene der Hermeneutik
Das omnipräsente Scheitern des Verstehens ist ein entscheidender Motor hermeneutischer Theoriebemühungen. Nebst dem Nichtverstehen ist es vor allem das Missverstehen, das einen produktiven Ansatzpunkt zur Klärung elementarer hermeneutischer Sachverhalte darstellt.
Die Bedeutung von Missverstehensdiagnosen ergibt sich insbesondere aus ihrer intimen Verbindung mit dem Anspruch eines Richtig- bzw. Besserverstehens: Wer ein Misslingen konstatiert, muss über eine gewisse Vorstellung verfügen, was das Gelingen ausmacht. Das Missverstehen ist aber auch aufschlussreich, weil es einlädt, auf Varianten im Umgang mit Verstehensproblemen zu achten. Missverständnisse gelten in der Regel als Übel, weshalb sie zu vermeiden bzw. richtigzustellen seien. Aber nicht jedes Missverständnis wird korrigiert oder muss es werden.