1st Edition


ISBN 9780415205238
Published September 1, 1999 by Routledge
106 Pages

USD $43.95

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Book Description

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.

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

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


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