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This core textbook provides an engaging and accessible introduction to 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 recent debates on topics such as experimental pragmatics and (im)politeness theory. Readers will develop their knowledge of how pragmatics interacts with other areas of language, such as semantics, and of how it has been applied to the study of various aspects of language in use, including literature, language acquisition and clinical linguistics.
Comprehensive and highly readable, this is an essential text for undergraduates or postgraduates enrolled on specialist modules in pragmatics or on more general linguistics courses. It is also an ideal resource for researchers in linguistics or related disciplines who are interested in how the field is developing.Preface.- Introduction.- Semantics and Pragmatics.- History?of Pragmatics.- 'Classical' Pragmatics.- 'Modern' Pragmatics.- Applications of Pragmatics.- Pragmatics and Language in Context.- Glossary.- Bibliography.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. 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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