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The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Edited By Anne Barron, Yueguo Gu, Gerard Steen Copyright 2017
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    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.

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    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


    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