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Critical Concepts, 1st Edition

Edited by Asa Kasher


2,653 pages

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pub: 1998-01-01
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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.


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

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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Linguistics

Routledge Critical Concepts in Linguistics series provides authoritative reprints of the discipline's best and most influential scholarship. This series looks at language from the point of view of the user, at the choices made and the constraints encountered when we use language. Edited by experts in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts and themes into their historical context, as well as providing students and researchers with a snapshot of contemporary debates and current thinking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General