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The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

ISBN 9780367529109
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
18 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics provides a state-of-the-art overview of the wide breadth of research in pragmatics. An introductory section outlines a brief history, the main issues and key approaches and perspectives in the field, followed by a thought-provoking introductory chapter on interdisciplinarity by Jacob L. Mey. A further thirty-eight chapters cover both traditional and newer areas of pragmatic research, divided into four sections:


  • Methods and modalities
  • Established fields
  • Pragmatics across disciplines
  • Applications of pragmatic research in today’s world.


With accessible, refreshing descriptions and discussions, and with a look towards future directions, this Handbook is an essential resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in pragmatics within English language and linguistics and communication studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables



1. Pragmatics Broadly Viewed: Introduction

Anne Barron, Yueguo Gu and Gerard Steen

2. Interdisciplinarity in Pragmatics and Linguistics

Jacob L. Mey


Part I: Methods and Modalities

Data collection

3. Naturally Occurring Data

Andrea Golato

4. Elicited Data

J. César Félix-Brasdefer and Maria Hasler-Barker

5. Corpora

Martin Weisser

Non-verbal communication

6. British Sign Language (BSL)

Gary Quinn

7. Gesture and Pragmatics: From Paralinguistic to Variably Linguistic

Alan Cienki

8. Paralanguage

Tim Wharton


Part II: Established fields

Pragmatics and variation

9. Variation and Change: Historical Pragmatics

Andreas H. Jucker and Daniela Landert

10. Variational Pragmatics

Anne Barron

11. Postcolonial Pragmatics

Eric A. Anchimbe and Richard W. Janney

12. Gender and Sociopragmatics

Janet Holmes and Brian King

13. Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Jasone Cenoz

Pragmatics and culture

14. Interlanguage Pragmatics: A Historical Sketch and Future Directions

Naoko Taguchi

15. Intercultural Pragmatics

Alessia Cogo and Juliane House

16. Identity and Membership

Dorien Van De Mieroop

17. Folk Pragmatics

Dennis R. Preston and Nancy Niedzielski

Linguistic pragmatics

18. Intention (including speech acts)

Jesús Navarro

19. Temporal reference

Kasia M. Jaszczolt

20. Formal and Natural Languages: What Logic Tells Us about Natural Language

Jacques Moeschler

21. Presupposition and Accommodation

Jacopo Romoli and Uli Sauerland

22. Grammaticalisation

María José López-Couso and Elena Seoane

Cognition and pragmatics

23. Metarepresentation

Nicholas Allott

24. Relevance

Stavros Assimakopoulos

25. Metaphor in Pragmatics

Miriam Taverniers

26. Enrichment

Alison Hall

Interactional pragmatics

27. Conversation

Hansun Zhang Waring

28. Discourse

Rodney H. Jones

29. Politeness

Dawn Archer

30. Reported Speech

Isabelle Buchstaller


Part III Pragmatics across disciplines

31. Clinical Pragmatics

Louise Cummings

32. Pragmatics and Neurolinguistics

Elisabeth Ahlsén

33. Doing Ethnography

Dorothy Pawluch, Arthur McLuhan and William Shaffir

34. Language Use in a Social Semiotic Perspective

Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen

35. Linguistic Pragmatics from an Evolutionary Perspective

Nikolaus Ritt

Part IV Applications

36. Pragmatics and Ontology

Laurent Prévot

37. Pragmatics and Translation/Interpreting

Nicole Baumgarten

38. Pragmatics in Legal Interpretation

Alan Durant and Janny H.C. Leung

39. Social Media

Francisco Yus

40. Teaching Pragmatics

Helen Basturkmen and Thi Thuy Minh Nguyen

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Anne Barron is Professor of English Linguistics at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. Recent publications include Public Information Messages (2012) and Acquisition in Interlanguage Pragmatics (2003). She has also co-edited several volumes, including Pragmatics of Discourse (2014), Variational Pragmatics (2008) and Pragmatics of Irish English (2005), all three co-edited with Klaus P. Schneider. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Pragmatics and Intercultural Pragmatics.

Yueguo Gu is a Special Title Professor of Linguistics at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. Recent publications include Using the Computer in ELT (2006) and Pragmatics and Discourse Studies (2010). He has also edited several series of textbooks and collections of academic papers such as Initial Exploration of Online Education (2004) and Second Exploration of Online Education (2005).

Gerard Steen is Professor of Speech Communication, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is also the founding director of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam.


"This handbook represents a unique and innovative contribution to the state-of-the-art in pragmatic study. It sets a critical agenda for conceptualisations of the discipline in all its complexity with admirable clarity. It is an ideal and comprehensive companion for those interested in an exciting field that has seen an explosion of growth and interdisciplinary variegation in recent years."

- Brian Clancy, University of Limerick, Ireland

"To conclude, RHP, which brings together experts in pragmatics presenting traditional issues, current trends and developments, and also possible future directions in pragmatic research, is not only about the pragmatics of yesterday and today, but also about the pragmatics of tomorrow. This handbook will definitely give a helping hand to those who want to be familiar with both established domains and to keep abreast of new and prom-ising areas of pragmatic research. Both old and new hands in pragmatics will find this handbook accessible, authoritative and valuable. RHP has convincingly shown that prag-matics can be a very diverse, promising area of knowledge full of vitality, permeating numerous corners of human interaction, cognition and sociality. It may be no exaggera-tion to say that where there is life, there is pragmatics. Ultimately, we may find that pragmatics is a way with language, a way with life and a way with lifeworlds."

- Chaoqun Xie, College of Foreign Languages, Fujian Normal University, China, Discourse Studies