Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics
Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics is a comprehensive introductory text which discusses the development of pragmatics - its aims and methodology - and also introduces themes that are not generally covered in other texts.
Jenny Thomas focuses on the dynamic nature of speaker meaning, considering the central roles of both speaker and hearer, and takes into account the social and psychological factors involved in the generation and interpretation of utterances. The book includes a detailed examination of the development of Pragmatics as a discipline, drawing attention to problems encountered in earlier work, and brings the reader up to date with recent discussion in the field. The book is written principally for students with no previous knowledge of pragmatics, and the basic concepts are covered in considerable detail. Theoretical and more complicated information is highlighted with examples that have been drawn from the media, fiction and real-life interaction, and makes the study more accessible to newcomers. It is an ideal introductory textbook for students of linguistics and for all who are interested in analysing problems in communication.
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activity type ambiguity apologize approach asked assigning sense Austin BBC Radio British Brown and Levinson chapter Colin Dexter Connie Booth context conversational implicature cultures degree of indirectness discourse discussed domain of discourse employ indirectness English Example 12 Example 21 explicit expression extract fact felicity conditions flout following example formal goal grammar Grice Grice's theory Gricean maxims illocutionary act illocutionary force illustrates implied imposition intended interaction interpretation Joanna Trollope language Leech linguistic London Mary Wesley maxim of Quantity non-observance norms observe the maxim particular performative verb person politeness Pollyanna Principle possible pragmatic force pragmaticist pragmatics Preparatory condition principles problems pronoun proposition question reason reference request Searle Searle's rules semantics sense and reference sentence situation sociolinguistics someone speaker meaning speaking speech act verb strategies talking Tony Hillerman truth conditions trying understand utterance meaning warning words