The Handbook of Pragmatics

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Laurence Horn, Gergory Ward
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 864 pages
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The Handbook of Pragmatics is a collection of newly commissioned articles that provide an authoritative and accessible introduction to the field, including an overview of the foundations of pragmatic theory and a detailed examination of the rich and varied theoretical and empirical subdomains of pragmatics.

  • Contains 32 newly commissioned articles that outline the central themes and challenges for current research in the field of linguistic pragmatics.
  • Provides authoritative and accessible introduction to the field and a detailed examination of the varied theoretical and empirical subdomains of pragmatics.
  • Includes extensive bibliography that serves as a research tool for those working in pragmatics and allied fields in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.
  • Valuable resource for both students and professional researchers investigating the properties of meaning, reference, and context in natural language.

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II Pragmatics and Discourse Structure
III Pragmatics and its Interfaces
IV Pragmatics and Cognition

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About the author (2008)

Laurence R. Horn is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Yale University Department of Linguistics. His publications include A Natural History of Negation (1989/2001) and numerous articles addressing the union (if not the intersection) of lexical semantics, negation, and neo-Gricean approaches to meaning in natural language. He is currently working on a new book, Lexical Pragmatics.

Gregory Ward is Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University. His extensive publications in the area of pragmatics and information structure include Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English (with Betty Birner, 1998) and The Semantics and Pragmatics of Preposing (1988). He is also editor of a new series on language in the real word and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Linguistic Society of America.

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