Pragmatics

Paperback | December 8, 2014

byYan Huang

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Yan Huang's highly successful textbook on pragmatics - the study of language in use - has been fully revised and updated in this second edition. It includes a brand new chapter on reference, a major topic in both linguistics and the philosophy of language. Chapters have also been updated toinclude new material on upward and downward entailment, current debates about conversational implicature, impoliteness, emotional deixis, contextualism versus semantic minimalism, and the elimination of binding conditions. The book draws on data from English and a wide range of the world's languages, and shows how pragmatics is related to the study of semantics, syntax, and sociolinguistics and to such fields as the philosophy of language, linguistic anthropology, and artificial intelligence. Professor Huang includesexercises and essay topics at the end of each chapter, and offers guidance and suggested solutions at the end of the volume. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, this new edition will continue to be an ideal textbook for students of linguistics, and a valuable resource for scholarsand students of language in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and computer science.

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Yan Huang's highly successful textbook on pragmatics - the study of language in use - has been fully revised and updated in this second edition. It includes a brand new chapter on reference, a major topic in both linguistics and the philosophy of language. Chapters have also been updated toinclude new material on upward and downward en...

Yan Huang is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Auckland, and has previously taught at the universities of Reading, Cambridge, and Oxford. His published work includes The Syntax of Anaphora (CUP 1994), Anaphora: A Cross-Linguistic Study (OUP 2000), and The Oxford Dictionary of Pragmatics (OUP 2012).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pagesPublished:December 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577765

ISBN - 13:9780199577767

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionCentral topics in pragmatics2. Implicature3. Presupposition4. Speech acts5. Deixis6. ReferencePragmatics and its interfaces7. Pragmatics and cognition: relevance theory8. Pragmatics and semantics9. Pragmatics and syntaxGlossaryReferencesSuggested solutions to exercises

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"[T]he book is very thorough in its coverage of topics within the field. Mindful of its student audience, it also has extensive study questions, examples, and glossaries. My overall impression is that it is a valuable textbook to anyone in the field of pragmatics" --The Linguist List