Introduction to Pragmatics

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 21, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 344 pages
Introduction to Pragmatics guides students through traditional and new approaches in the field, focusing particularly on phenomena at the elusive semantics/pragmatics boundary to explore the role of context in linguistic communication.
  • Offers students an accessible introduction and an up-to-date survey of the field, encompassing both established and new approaches to pragmatics
  • Addresses the traditional range of topics – such as implicature, reference, presupposition, and speech acts – as well as newer areas of research, including neo-Gricean theories, Relevance
  • Theory, information structure, inference, and dynamic approaches to meaning
  • Explores the relationship and boundaries between semantics and pragmatics
  • Ideal for students coming to pragmatics for the first time

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Organization of the Book
11 Pragmatics and Natural Language
12 The Boundary Between Semantics and Pragmatics
13 Summary
21 The Cooperative Principle
22 Types of Implicature
23 Testing for Implicature
24 The Gricean Model of Meaning
61 Performative Utterances
62 Felicity Conditions
63 Locutionary Acts
64 Direct and Indirect Speech Acts
65 Face and Politeness
66 Joint Acts
67 Summary
71 Topic and Focus

25 Summary
31 NeoGricean Theory
32 Relevance Theory
33 Comparing NeoGricean Theory and Relevance Theory
34 Summary
41 Referring Expressions
42 Deixis
43 Definiteness and Indefiniteness
44 Anaphora
45 Referential and Attributive Uses of Definite Descriptions
46 Summary
51 Presupposition Negation and Entailment
52 Presupposition Triggers
53 The Projection Problem
54 Defeasibility
55 Presupposition as Common Ground
56 Accommodation
57 Summary
72 Open Propositions
73 DiscourseStatus and HearerStatus
74 Information Structure and Constituent Order
75 Functional Compositionality
76 Summary
81 Inferential Relations at the Constituent Level
82 Inferential Relations at the Propositional Level
83 Summary
91 Theoretical Background
92 Static Vs Dynamic Approaches to Meaning
93 Discourse Representation Theory
94 The Scope of DRT and the Domain of Pragmatics
95 Summary
101 The SemanticsPragmatics Boundary Revisited
102 Pragmatics in the Real World
103 Pragmatics and the Future of Linguistic Theory
104 Summary

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Betty J. Birner is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of several books, including The Discourse Function of Inversion in English (1996), Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English (with Gregory Ward, 1998), and Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning: Neo-Gricean Studies in Pragmatics and Semantics in Honor of Laurence R. Horn (with Gregory Ward, 2006).

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