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1st Edition

By Jean Stilwell Peccei


106 pages

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In Pragmatics, the study of meaning derived from context, Jean Stilwell Peccei offers a practical introduction to this core area of linguistics. Pragmatics:

  • encourages the reader to look at different levels of meaning within sentences
  • provides a basic understanding of key pragmatic concepts
  • introduces two highly influential approaches to pragmatics: the Co-Operative Principle and Speech Act Theory
  • encourages the reader to apply basic analytical tools to real data, eg. advertising language and children's conversations
  • provides a range of activities, discussion questions, an answer key and further reading.


'Jean Stilwell Peccei does an excellent job of introducing the fundamental concepts in a practical and user-friendly manner.' - Aidan Coveney, Modern Language Review

Table of Contents

1. What is pragmatics 2. Entailment 3. Presupposition 4. The co-operative principle and implicature 5. More on implicatures 6. Speech acts 7. More about speech acts 8. Politeness 9. Making sense 10. Exploring pragmatics: projects

About the Author

Jean Stilwell Peccei is a Senior Research Fellow and visiting lecturer at the Roehampton Institute London

About the Series

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  • are written by experienced teachers in the field.

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Subject Categories

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