1st Edition

Introducing Pragmatics A Clinical Approach

By Louise Cummings Copyright 2023
    236 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This innovative, comprehensive course textbook uses a clinical approach to explore pragmatics and pragmatic language skills.

    Drawing on authentic, real-life examples of pragmatic breakdown in children and adults who have developmental or acquired language disorders, Louise Cummings expertly guides readers to core insights and principles for understanding where context and meaning in human communication meet. Key features include:

    • Chapter-opening learning objectives and chapter-closing summaries
    • Authentic illustrative cases of atypical pragmatic interaction
    • Exercises for checking knowledge and understanding
    • Annotated recommended further reading
    • A detailed glossary of important terms in pragmatics and clinical linguistics

    Aimed equally at undergraduate and graduate students who are coming to pragmatics for the first time, the text discusses the key issues and concepts of this field in a fascinating new way. With a common, easy-to-follow structure across chapters and a wealth of pedagogical resources, this is an essential text for students of linguistics and applied linguistics, communication studies, speech-language pathology, psychology and cognitive science, and beyond.




    Chapter 1: Speech acts

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 How to realise a speech act

    1.3 A new approach to meaning

    1.4 Happy and unhappy performatives

    1.5 Explicit and implicit performatives

    1.6 Saying and doing

    1.7 Searle on speech acts

    1.8 Indirect speech acts

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 2: Implicatures

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Grice and the cooperative principle

    2.3 The cooperative principle and implicatures

    2.4 Types of implicature

    2.5 Properties of implicatures

    2.6 Relevance theory

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 3: Presuppositions

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 The economic rationale for presupposition

    3.3 Presupposition triggers

    3.4 Properties of presuppositions

    3.5 Presuppositions in the real world

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 4: Deixis

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Person and social deixis

    4.3 Place deixis

    4.4 Time deixis

    4.5 Discourse deixis

    4.6 Anaphora

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 5: Figurative language

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Idioms

    5.3 Metaphors

    5.4 Irony

    5.5 Hyperbole

    5.6 Proverbs

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 6: Politeness

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Brown and Levinson on politeness

    6.3 Politeness and face in clinical settings

    6.4 Criticisms of Brown and Levinson

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 7: Topic management

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Topic management in clinical settings

    7.2.1 Topic selection

    7.2.2 Topic introduction

    7.2.3 Topic development

    7.2.4 Topic termination

    7.3 Analysing topic management in conversation

    7.4 Analysing topic management in narration

    Suggestions for further reading


    Chapter 8: Clinical pragmatics

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 The communication cycle

    8.3 Cognition and the communication cycle

    8.4 Theory of mind

    8.5 Executive function

    Suggestions for further reading








    Louise Cummings is Professor in the Department of English and Communication at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. She is author or editor of many books, including Pragmatic Disorders, Clinical Linguistics, Clinical Pragmatics, The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders, Pragmatics: A Multidisciplinary Perspective and The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia. She is also Editor of the Routledge Research in Speech-Language Pathology book series.

    "Comprehensive, innovative, and easy-to-use, Introducing Pragmatics is an indispensable resource for scientists and students interested in how real-life pragmatic language failures shape our understanding of effective communication. Not only does the textbook contain a wealth of material on theory and experimental studies, but also wide-ranging topics from a multi-disciplinary perspective."

    Professor Elly Ifantidou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece