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1st Edition

Critical Concepts

Edited By

Asa Kasher

ISBN 9780415117340
Published January 28, 1998 by Routledge
2653 Pages

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Book Description

This timely collection, for the first time together in one place, gives students and researchers access to the major works of the history of pragmatics and the science of language use. Readers can now critically assess the subject matter, methods, theories and applications that have shaped this exciting area of language study.
These important volumes portray the development of pragmatics as a science of language use. The whole spectrum of relevant areas, from theoretical linguistics and philosophy, through psychology and sociology, to neuroscience, speech rehabilitation and computer science is represented.
Issues explored include:
* presupposition
* implicature
* discourse
* grammar
* communication
* indexicals
* psychology
* sociology.
This work also provides highly useful references and suggestions for additional papers to be consulted, and has an exceptionally detailed subject and name index to enable easy and immediate access for the reader.

Table of Contents

Volume One
Part One: Dawn
Part Two: Delineation
Volume Two
Part Three: Speech Act Theory
Part Four: Particular Speech Acts
Volume Three
Part Five: Indexicals and Reference
Volume Four
Part Six: Presupposition
Part Seven: Implicature^
Part Eight: Indirect Speech Acts
Volume Five
Part Nine: Communication
Part Ten: Talk in Interaction
Part Eleven: Discourse
Volume Six
Part Twelve: Pragmatics and Grammar
Part Thirteen: Pragmatics and Psychology
Part Fourteen: Pragmatics and Sociology

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Asa Kasher is Professor of Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, where he has held chairs in philosophy of language and philosophy of practise and professional ethics.


'...this compilation is essential background reading for students of pragmatics and new researchers in the pragmatics of language.' - The Linguist List