Defining Pragmatics by Mira Ariel buy used Used & Rare price $72.12 new from$49.95 shop with confidence SPECIAL SHIPPING CONSIDERATIONS FOR USED & RARE ITEMS. Please see the special considerations for shipping Used & Rare items, including extended delivery times, possible import duties & taxes. Delivered in 3-5 weeks Format: Trade paperback Publisher: Cambridge University Press Condition: The following ISBNs are associated with this title: ISBN - 10:0521732034 ISBN - 13:9780521732031 Seller Comments: Trade paperback (US). Sewn binding. 330 p. Research Surveys in Linguistics. From the Publisher Although there is no shortage of definitions for pragmatics the received wisdom is that ''pragmatics'' simply cannot be coherently defined. In this groundbreaking book Mira Ariel challenges the prominent definitions of pragmatics, as well as the widely-held assumption that specific topics - implicatures, deixis, speech acts, politeness - naturally and uniformly belong on the pragmatics turf. She reconstitutes the field, defining grammar as a set of conventional codes, and pragmatics as a set of inferences, rationally derived. The book applies this division of labor between codes and inferences to many classical pragmatic phenomena, and even to phenomena considered ''beyond pragmatics''. Surprisingly, although some of these turn out pragmatic, others actually turn out grammatical. Additional intriguing questions addressed in the book include: why is it sometimes difficult to distinguish grammar from pragmatics? Why is there no grand design behind grammar nor behind pragmatics? Are all extragrammatical phenomena pragmatic?