Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2016, Page: 106-112
A Study of English Conundrums’ Setting and Solving from the Perspective of Relevance Theory
Tian Dong, English Department, North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China
Rui-hong Yin, English Department, North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China
Received: Jul. 6, 2016;       Published: Jul. 7, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.hss.20160404.14      View  3350      Downloads  51
Abstract
English conundrums, as an important form of English riddles, are very interesting and bring entertainment to people’s daily life. For its vivid form, specific purpose, and well-designed content, English conundrums raise researching interests among more and more scholars. These studies range from anthropology, folklore to rhetoric. In the recent decades, many scholars have also begun to explore them from linguistic perspectives. This paper tries to analyze English conundrums under the guidance of Relevance Theory, aiming to explain the dynamical process of setting and solving of English conundrums. After an intensive study, the author finds that principles of relevance, the cognitive context and the non-demonstrative inference are powerful for explaining the setting and solving of English conundrums.
Keywords
Relevance Theory, English Conundrums, Setting and Solving
To cite this article
Tian Dong, Rui-hong Yin, A Study of English Conundrums’ Setting and Solving from the Perspective of Relevance Theory, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2016, pp. 106-112. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20160404.14
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