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Synopsis

Introduction to Pragmatics guides students through traditional and new approaches in the field, focusing particularly on phenomena at the elusive semantics/pragmatics boundary to explore the role of context in linguistic communication.

  • Offers students an accessible introduction and an up-to-date survey of the field, encompassing both established and new approaches to pragmatics
  • Addresses the traditional range of topics – such as implicature, reference, presupposition, and speech acts – as well as newer areas of research, including neo-Gricean theories, Relevance
  • Theory, information structure, inference, and dynamic approaches to meaning
  • Explores the relationship and boundaries between semantics and pragmatics
  • Ideal for students coming to pragmatics for the first time

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