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This is an introduction to pragmatics, the systematic study of language in use and one of the most vibrant fields in linguistics. It provides a complete account of the central topics of the subject and a guide to the latest developments and research. The book opens with a discussion of the scope, meaning, and history of pragmatics from Aristotle to the present. It shows how the subject relates to the study of sociolinguistics, semantics, and syntax, and to such fields as thephilosophy of language, linguistic anthropology, and artificial intelligence.The remainder of the volume is divided into two parts. Part I opens with an account of classical and neo-Gricean theories of conversational and conventional implicature. It considers presupposition and speech act theory, and describes the different kinds of deixis. Part II explores some of the most exciting and productive current work in the subject, much of it at the interface between pragmatics and other core areas of inquiry. It looks at the pragmatics-cognition interface and relevancetheory before examining the interfaces between pragmatics and semantics and pragmatics and syntax.Professor Huang illustrates his clear and lively account with examples drawn from English and a wide range of the world's languages. He includes exercises and essay topics at the end of each chapter, and offers guidance and suggested solutions at the end of the volume. He provides a full glossary of terms and guides to further reading. This is the ideal textbook for students of linguistics. It will also be a valuable resource for scholars and students of language in philosophy, psychology,anthropology, and computer science.
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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|Central Topics in Pragmaticsal Implicatures|
|Deixistics and cognition: Relevance Theory|
|Pragmatics and its Interfaces|
|Pragmatics and Cognition: Relevance Theory|
|Pragmatics and Semanticsd Cultural linguistics|
|Pragmatics and Syntaxect and Prospect|
|Suggested Solutions to Exercises|
|Index of Names|
|Index of Languages|
|Index of Subjects|