1st Edition

Introducing Pragmatics in Use

ISBN 9780415450911
Published April 10, 2011 by Routledge
190 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Introducing Pragmatics in Use is a lively and accessible introduction to pragmatics, which both covers theory and applies it to real spoken and written data.

Pragmatics is the study of language in context, yet most textbooks rely on invented language examples. This innovative textbook systematically draws on language corpora to illustrate features such as creativity in small talk or how we apologise in English. The authors investigate the pragmatic implications of the globalisation of the English language and focus on the applications of pragmatics for teaching languages. In addition, a practical chapter on researching pragmatics aimed at developing students’ research skills is included.

With a range of tasks aimed at putting theory into practice and chapter by chapter further reading recommendations, this is the ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students of pragmatics and corpus linguistics within applied language/linguistics or TEFL/TESOL degrees.

Table of Contents

    1.Introduction 2.Researching Pragmatics 3.Deixis  4.Gricean Maxims in Context 5.Speech Acts in Context 6.Politeness in Context 7. Cross-cultural Pragmatics 8.Pragmatics in Specific Discourse Domains 9.Pragmatics and English Language Teaching 10.Coda: Looking to the Future

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    Anne O’Keeffe is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.

    Brian Clancy lectures in Academic Writing and is an applied corpus linguist at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.

    Svenja Adolphs is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK.


    '... a very useful textbook for an advanced undergraduate course on pragmatics or a graduate course in this are... The book is extremely easy to read and has a logical sequence of ideas. In fact, the organization is a very positve aspect of this book, especially since each chapter includes clearly marked sub-sections, useful information boxes to draw the reader's attention to important points, and an annotated bibliography of selected references at the end of each chapter... This book does a commendable job of not only introducing the field of pragmatics but also presenting the diverse issues that researchers in this area of study encounter.' - LINGUIST List