Pragmatics

ISBN-10: 0521294142

ISBN-13: 9780521294140

Edition: 1983

Authors: Stephen C. Levinson, S. R. Anderson, J. Bresnan, B. Comrie, W. Dressler

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Those aspects of language use that are crucial to an understanding of language as a system, and especially to an understanding of meaning, are the acknowledged concern of linguistic pragmatics. Yet until now much of the work in this field has not been easily accessible to the student, and was often written at an intimidating level of technicality. In this textbook, however, Dr Levinson has provided a lucid and integrative analysis of the central topics in pragmatics - deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and conversational structure. A central concern of the book is the relation between pragmatics and semantics, and Dr Levinson shows clearly how a pragmatic approach can resolve some of the problems semantics have been confronting and simplifying semantic analyses. The complexity of these issues is not disguised, but the exposition is always clear and supported by helpful exemplification. The detailed analyses of selected topics give the student a clear view of the empirical rigour demanded by the study of linguistic pragmatics, but Dr Levinson never loses sight of the rich diversity of the subject. An introduction and conclusion relate pragmatics to other fields in linguistics and other disciplines concerned with language usage - psychology, philosophy, anthropology and literature. Many students in these disciplines, as well as students of linguistics, will find this a valuable textbook.
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Book details

List price: $59.99
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/9/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 435
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Notation conventions
The scope of pragmatics
Deixis
Conversational implicature
Presupposition
Speech acts
Conversational structure
Conclusions
Bibliography
Subject index
Index of names
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