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1st Edition

The Pragmatics Reader

ISBN 9780415546607
Published April 5, 2011 by Routledge
544 Pages

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Book Description

The Pragmatics Reader is the indispensable set of readings for all students studying Pragmatics at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Combining key classic texts with newer extracts covering current developments in contemporary Pragmatics, each reading has been carefully selected to both showcase the best thinking and latest research and also to reflect the international nature of the field.

The 30 varied readings, including four specially commissioned papers, have been organised into eight themed sections: Linguistic Pragmatics; Post-Gricean Pragmatics; Indexicality; Historical Pragmatics; Politeness, Face and Impoliteness; Cross-cultural and intercultural pragmatics; Pragmatics and Conversation - Development and Impairment; and Pragmaticians on Pragmatics. Each of these sections is supported and enhanced by substantial editorial commentaries, pre-reading, in-reading and post-reading activities and suggestions for further reading, both in print and online. The book also features a general introduction, a glossary of key terms, and a conclusion that explores the relationship between pragmatic theory and practice before anticipating the future directions of the subject.

Readings: Dawn Archer and Peter Grundy - J. L. Austin - John R. Searle -  H. P. Grice - Pieter A. M. Seuren - Robert C. Stalnaker - Stephen C. Levinson - Reinhard Blutner - Diane Blakemore - Billy Clark - Robyn Carston - Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson - Stephen C. Levinson - Jo Rubba - Jef Verschueren - Elizabeth Close Traugott - Laurel J. Brinton - Andreas H. Jucker and Irma Taavitsainen - Erving Goffman - Penelope Brown and Stephen C. Levinson - Miriam A. Locher and Richard J. Watts - Jonathan Culpeper - Shoshana Blum-Kulka, Julianne House and Gabriele Kasper - Haruko Minegishi Cook - Istvan Kecskes - Anat Ninio and Catherine E. Snow - Emanuel A. Schegloff - Heidi Ehrenberger Hamilton - Roman Kopytko - Jon F. Pressman - Charles L. Briggs

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Linguistic Pragmatics  2.1. How To Do Things With Words  2.2. Indirect Speech Acts  2.3. Logic and Conversation   2.4. Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction  2.5. Pragmatic Presuppositions  3. Post-Gricean Pragmatics.  3.1. Neo-Gricean Pragmatics  3.1.1. Presumptive Meanings   3.1.2. Some Perspectives On Lexical Pragmatics   3.2. Relevance Theory   3.2.1. Relevance Theory  3.2.2. Recent Developments In Relevance Theory 3.2.3. Thoughts and Utterances   3.2.4 The Mapping Between the Mental and the Public Lexicon  4. Indexicality  4.1. DEIXIS  4.2. Alternate Grounds in the Interpretation of Deictic Expressions  4.3. Notes on the Role of Metapragmatic Awareness  5. Historical Pragmatics 5.1. The Role Of Pragmatics In Semantic Change  5.2. Pragmatic Markers In English: Grammaticalization And Discourse Functions  5.3. Diachronic Speech Act Analysis: Insults From Flyting To Flaming  6. Politeness, Face and Impoliteness  6.1. On Face-Work: An Analysis Of Ritual Elements In Social Interaction   6.2. Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage  6.3. Relational Work And Impoliteness: Negotiating Norms Of Linguistic Behaviour  6.4. Impoliteness And Entertainment In The Television Quiz Show: The Weakest Link  7. Cross-cultural and intercultural pragmatics.  7.1. Cross-Cultural Pragmatics: Requests and Apologies  7.2. Why Can't Learners Of JFL Distinguish Polite From Impolite Speech Styles?   7.3. Intercultural Pragmatics  8. Pragmatics and Conversation - Development and Impairment  8.1. Pragmatic Development  8.2. Discourse, Pragmatics, Conversation, Analysis  8.3. Conversations With An Alzheimer's Patient   9. Pragmaticians on Pragmatics  9.1. Against Rationalistic Pragmatics  9.2. Pragmatics In The Late Twentieth Century: Countering Recent Historiographic Neglect  9.3. From the Ideal, the Ordinary, and the Orderly to Conflict and Violence in Pragmatic Research  10. Theory and Practice in Pragmatics

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Dawn Archer is a Reader in Corpus Linguistics and Research Lead for Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.  She is the author of Historical sociopragmatics: questions and answers in the English courtroom (1640-1760) and editor of What’s in a word-list? Investigating word frequency and keyword extraction.

Peter Grundy is an Honorary Fellow in the English Language Centre at Durham University, having been a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Deputy Dean of Arts prior to his retirement. He is author of Doing Pragmatics, now in its third edition, and is on the editorial boards of Intercultural Pragmatics and ELTJournal, and is a past President of IATEFL.


"The Pragmatics Reader is an excellent compendium that... representatively defines the field of pragmatics in theory and practice." - Discourse Studies