Relevance Theory and/or Gricean pragmatics; Chomsky on language and mind; and related parts of philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, formal semantics and logic.
Today's XKCD is really about pragmatics, I think, given that ‘constructive and helpful’ is a pretty good synonym for ‘relevant’.
There are a lot of other XKCDs that are really about pragmatics. One day I'll post a list.
So, in other words, if something is not about relevance, it's not about pragmatics?
I shouldn't take the bait...But, no I only meant to imply the conditional: that if something is about considerations of relevance in verbal behaviour then it is a contribution to pragmatics. You seem to have ‘perfected’ that to a biconditional: if and only if something is about considerations of relevance in verbal behaviour then it is a contribution to pragmatics. Not what I meant, although it may be correct, on suitable definitions of ‘relevance’ and ‘verbal behaviour’.
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