298 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Doing Pragmatics is a popular reader-friendly introduction to pragmatics. Embracing the comprehensive and engaging style which characterized the previous editions, this fourth edition has been fully revised. Doing Pragmatics extends beyond theory to promote an applied understanding of empirical data and provides students with the opportunity to ‘do’ pragmatics themselves.

    A distinctive feature of this textbook is that virtually all the examples are taken from real world uses of language which reflect the emergent nature of communicative interaction. Peter Grundy consolidates the strengths of the original version, reinforcing its unique combination of theory and practice with new theory, exercises and up-to-date real data and examples.

    This book provides the ideal foundation for all those studying pragmatics within English language, linguistics and ELT/ TESOL.


    1 Using and understanding language

    2 Utterances and intentions

    3 Inference and utterances

    4 Inference and lexical items

    5 Indexicality

    6 Context and language

    7 Being polite


    Checking understanding suggestions





    Peter Grundy taught Pragmatics at Durham University for more than twenty years before his retirement. He currently lectures on the taught masters Applied Linguistics/ TESOL programme at Durham. He is co-editor with Dawn Archer of the Routledge Pragmatics Reader and author of several resource books for language teachers, as well as a past President of IATEFL.

    "Unparalleled with its rich collection of real-life examples and discourse data analyses, this textbook does more than opening the door of pragmatics: it persuades the readers that doing pragmatics is a way of life. The extensively revised fourth edition remains a highly entertaining read, just as the previous versions I have used as a main text on various courses in Hong Kong and London."

    Yan Jiang, SOAS University of London, UK