Doing Pragmatics

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Arnold, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 287 pages
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The first edition of Doing Pragmatics was written for pragmatics courses both at introductory and more advanced level, and had the advantage at the time of including a substantial practical element where other texts were only expounding dry theory.

In this new edition, Grundy consolidates the strengths of the original version. The book is restructured to reinforce its unique combination of theory and practice. Exercises that proved difficult in the first edition or are dated have been up-dated or replaced. The text is more accessible and interesting for students.

A lively and engaging introduction to the study of pragmatics, the first edition of 'Doing Pragmatics' achieved success through its unparalleled capacity to render pragmatics truly accessible to students. Embracing the comprehensive and user-friendly style which characterised the original, this new edition extends beyond theory to allow an applied understanding of empirical data and the opportunity for students to 'do' pragmatics themselves.

Beginning with an exploration of the relationship between language and context, the book then introduces the major areas of linguistic pragmatics: deixis, speech acts, Grice's theory of conversational implicature, Relevance Theory and presupposition, before expanding into wider areas: speech events, politeness phenomena, conversation and metapragmatics. Each explanation is counterbalanced with the close examination of 'live' data taken from a a variety of sources, which serves to lighten the theory and to emphasise the 'how to' application of pragmatics.

Exercises are included at regular intervals throughout chapters to confirm understanding and encourage practice of the principles learnt. The Answer Key which was printed as an appendix in the first edition, is now available at the Arnold website. Thoroughly revised and updated the new 'Doing Pragmatics' provides a solid foundation in the subject for students of linguistics and related disciplines.

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Understanding Pragmatics
Jef Verschueren
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About the author (2000)

Peter Grundy is at University of Durham.

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