Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Pragmatics

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byGeorge YuleEditorH. G. Widdowson

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This is an introduction to pragmatics, the study of how people make sense of each other linguistically. The author explains, and illustrates, basic concepts such as the co-operative principle, deixis, and speech acts, providing a clear, concise foundation for further study.

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This is an introduction to pragmatics, the study of how people make sense of each other linguistically. The author explains, and illustrates, basic concepts such as the co-operative principle, deixis, and speech acts, providing a clear, concise foundation for further study.

Professor Henry Widdowson is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London, and has also been Professor of Applied Linguistics at Essex University and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna.

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PrefaceSECTION 1 Survey1 Definitions and background. Syntax, semantics, and pragmaticsRegularityThe pragmatics wastebasket2 Deixis and distance. Person deixisSpatial deixisTemporal deixisDeixis and grammar3 Reference and inference. Referential and attributive usesNames and referentsThe role of co-textAnaphoric reference4 Presupposition and entailment. PresuppositionTypes of presuppositionThe projection problemOrdered entailments5 Cooperation and implicature. The cooperative principleHedgesConversational implicatureGeneralized conversational implicaturesScalar implicaturesParticularized conversational implicaturesProperties of conversational implicaturesConventional implicatures6 Speech acts and events. Speech actsIFIDsFelicity conditionsThe performative hypothesisSpeech act classificationDirect and indirect speech actsSpeech events7 Politeness and interaction. PolitenessFace wantsNegative and positive faceSelf and other: say nothingSay something: off and on recordPositive and negative politenessStrategiesPre-sequences8 Conversation and preference structure. Conversation analysisPauses, overlaps, and backchannelsConversational styleAdjacency pairsPreference structure9 Discourse and culture. Discourse analysisCoherenceBackground knowledgeCultural schemataCross-cultural pragmaticsSECTION 2 ReadingsSECTION 3 ReferencesSECTION 4 Glossary

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'The strength of this book lies in the conciseness of the description of each separate area.' - ELT Journal