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The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics
Foundations and Interfaces

ISBN 9780367514617
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
608 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics is the first volume to offer a comprehensive overview of advances in Spanish Pragmatics, addressing different types of interaction and the variables, both social and linguistic, that can affect them.


Written by a diverse set of experts in the field, the handbook unifies two major approaches to the study of pragmatics, the Anglo-American and European Continental traditions. Thirty-three chapters cover in detail both pragmatic foundations (e.g. speech act theory, implicature and relevance, deixis) and interfaces with other concepts, including:

• Discourse

• Variation; Culture and interculture

• (Im)politeness; humor

• Learning contexts and teaching

• Technology


This is an ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers of Spanish language and linguistics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Tables

List of Figures

Contributors’ Biographies


Introduction to The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics

Dale A. Koike & J. César Félix-Brasdefer

Part I. Foundations of Pragmatics

  1. Implicature and Spanish speakers’ meaning
  2. Sarah E. Blackwell

  3. Speech acts research in Spanish
  4. María Elena Placencia & Hebe Powell

  5. Deixis in Spanish research
  6. Ricardo Maldonado

  7. Pragmatics and word order
  8. Pekka Posio & Malte Rosemeyer

  9. Relevance theory in Spanish pragmatics

Victoria Escandell-Vidal & Manuel Leonetti

Part II. Interfaces of Spanish Pragmatics


6 Pragmatics and semantics: A focus on evidentiality

Juana Marín-Arrese

7 The role of pragmatics in shaping linguistic structures

Rena Torres Cacoullos & Catherine E. Travis

8 Pragmatics and prosody in research on Spanish

Victoria Escandell-Vidal & Pilar Prieto

9 Pragmatics and sociolinguistics

María José Serrano

Part III. Pragmatics and Discourse

10 Discourse markers in Spanish

Ana Belén Llopis Cardona & Salvador Pons Bordería


11 Formulaic language in Spanish pragmatics

Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig & Sabrina Mossman

12 Pragmatics and argumentation

Catalina Fuentes Rodríguez


13 Pragmatics and censure in Spanish research

José Portolés

14 Pragmatics and medical discourse in Spanish

Karol Hardin




Part IV. Pragmatic Variation; Culture and Interculture

15 Pragmatic variation across varieties of Spanish

J. César Félix-Brasdefer


16 Pragmatic variation and forms of address

Irene Moyna & José Luis Blas-Arroyo

17 Intercultural communication in a globalized world: the case of Spanish

Rosina Márquez Reiter & Raquel Hidalgo Downing

18 Cross-cultural and intercultural pragmatics research in Spanish

Gerrard Mugford

19 Pragmatics and multilingualism

Holly Cashman & Amelia Tseng

Part V. (Im)politeness in Interaction; Humor

20 Politeness research in the Spanish-speaking world

Gerrard Mugford & J. César Félix-Brasdefer

21 Impoliteness and conflict in Spanish

Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich

22 Mitigation in Spanish pragmatics research

Lori Czerwionka

23 Pragmatics and humor in Spanish research

Francisco Yus

Part VI. Pragmatics Learning Contexts and Teaching


24 Second language acquisition of pragmatics

Lynn Pearson & María Hasler-Barker

25 Advances in L2 Spanish pragmatics classroom instruction

Cecilia Sessarego

26 Research on pragmatics learning, teaching, and curricula for heritage speakers

Rachel Showstack & Damián Vergara-Wilson

27 Pragmatics and teacher education

Manel Lacorte

28 The impact of study abroad on L2 Spanish pragmatics development

Àngels Llanes

29 Pragmatics instruction and assessment in study abroad research

Rachel Shively

Part VII. Pragmatics, Technology, and Research Methods

30 Eye-tracking applications for Spanish pragmatics research

Elisa Gironzetti

31 Pragmatics and digital discourse in Spanish research

Patricia Bou Franch

32 Corpus pragmatics in first- and second-language research

Jesús Romero-Trillo & Paula Gozalo

33 Research methods for Spanish pragmatics study

Dale A. Koike



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Dale A. Koike is Professor of Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

J. César Félix-Brásdefer is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.


"Este trabajo de recopilación puede resultar muy útil para profesores y estudiantes universitarios que quieran ponerse al día de las recientes publicaciones en este campo o deseen estar al tanto de las nuevas metodologías y aquellos aspectos pragmáticos que quedan todavía por explorar en profundidad, como por ejemplo la pragmática de los hablantes de herencia, las implicaturas convencionales y conversacionales en español, la deixis o la interfaz entre pragmática y prosodia. Pero el volumen no solo ofrece una puesta al día a los ya iniciados en la pragmática, sino también a aquellos que busquen entender el objeto de estudio de un campo de la lingüística tan heterogéneo y amplio como es la pragmática." Hispania 104 (4), December 2021  

Patricia Andueza, University of Evansville, USA