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Palgrave Macmillan

Pragmatics

ISBN 9780230345195
Publication Date June 2011
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Modern Linguistics

'This is a beautifully clear and wide-ranging introduction to pragmatics, dealing even-handedly with a good variety of theories and situating the discipline in its historical and intellectual context' - Professor Noel Burton-Roberts, Newcastle University

This accessible and engaging text introduces the field of pragmatics, the study of the relationship between linguistic meaning and context. Assuming no prior knowledge, Siobhan Chapman surveys the development of pragmatics from the very beginning to the present day, and engages with many of the most recent debates in the field, including topics such as experimental pragmatics and (im)politeness theory.

This highly-readable text focuses on core theoretical pragmatics, but also considers how pragmatics has been applied to the study of various aspects of language in use, such as literature, language acquisition and clinical linguistics. Each chapter concludes with useful suggestions for further reading, including both primary and secondary sources. Comprehensive and up-to-date, Pragmatics goes beyond an introduction, encouraging readers at all levels to understand and engage with the very latest issues and ideas.

SIOBHAN CHAPMAN Reader in English Language at the University of Liverpool, UK.Her main field of research is work in the pragmatics of literature and stylistics and she is the author of Paul Grice: Philosopher and Linguist, Thinking About Language: Theories of English (both with Palgrave Macmillan) and Philosophy for Linguists.

Preface
Introduction
Semantics and Pragmatics
History of Pragmatics
'Classical' Pragmatics
'Modern' Pragmatics
Applications of Pragmatics
Pragmatics and Language in Context
Glossary
Bibliography

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'This is a beautifully clear and wide-ranging introduction to pragmatics, dealing even-handedly with a good variety of theories and situating the discipline in its historical and intellectual context' - Professor Noel Burton-Roberts, Newcastle University
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