Pragmatics

Pragmatics

Format: Paperback

This is an introduction to pragmatics, the study of how people make sense of each other linguistically. The author explains, and illustrates, basic concepts such as the co-operative principle, deixis, and speech acts, providing a clear, concise foundation for further study.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-437207-7

Contents

Preface

SECTION 1

Survey
Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
Regularity
The pragmatics wastebasket
Person deixis
Spatial deixis
Temporal deixis
Deixis and grammar
Referential and attributive uses
Names and referents
The role of co-text
Anaphoric reference
Presupposition
Types of presupposition
The projection problem
Ordered entailments
The cooperative principle
Hedges
Conversational implicature
Generalized conversational implicatures
Scalar implicatures
Particularized conversational implicatures
Properties of conversational implicatures
Conventional implicatures
Speech acts
IFIDs
Felicity conditions
The performative hypothesis
Speech act classification
Direct and indirect speech acts
Speech events
Politeness
Face wants
Negative and positive face
Self and other: say nothing
Say something: off and on record
Positive and negative politeness
Strategies
Pre-sequences
Conversation analysis
Pauses, overlaps, and backchannels
Conversational style
Adjacency pairs
Preference structure
Discourse analysis
Coherence
Background knowledge
Cultural schemata
Cross-cultural pragmatics

SECTION 2

Readings

SECTION 3

References

SECTION 4

Glossary

Reviews

  • 'The strength of this book lies in the conciseness of the description of each separate area.'
    - ELT Journal