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