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Pragmatics: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-631-21132-7
418 pages
February 2001, ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is a succinct introduction to the rapidly developing field of pragmatics - the study of language from the point of view of its users, of the choices they make, the constraints they encounter in using language in social interaction, and the effects their use of language has on other participants in communication.
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Table of Contents


Part I: Basic Notions:.

1. Defining Pragmatics.

2. Some Issues In Pragmatics.

Part II: Micropragmatics:.

3. Context, Implicature And Reference.

4. Pragmatic Principles.

5. Speech Acts.

6. Conversation Analysis.

Part III: Macropragmatics:.

7. Metapragmatics.

8. Pragmatic Acts.

9. Literary Pragmatics.

10. Pragmatics Across Cultures.

11. Social Aspects Of Pragmatics.

Discussion & Review Questions.

Epilogue: Of Silence and Comets.



Subject Index.

Name Index.

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Author Information

Jacob L. Mey is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense Main Campus. In 1977 he founded, with Hartmut Haberland, the Journal of Pragmatics, of which he is the chief editor. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Zaragoza, Spain in 1992. His latest publications include The Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (editor, 1998), and When Voices Clash: A Study in Literary Pragmatics (1999).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Extends the treatment of metapragmatic phenomena otherwise known as 'indexing'
  • Gives full-fledged treatment to the theory of Pragmatic Acts
  • Includes new chapters on literary pragmatics and pragmatics across cultures
  • Covers extensive recent research in the rapidly evolving 'critical' orientation
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"Strongly recommended reading for those with an interest in pragmatics, and certainly for those requiring an up-to-date and user-friendly pragmatics textbook." Australian Journal of Linguistics (of the First Edition)

"This is a fine and wide-ranging book." Journal of Sociolinguistics

"This second edition of Mey's book provides a valuable introduction to pragmatics in general and to some of Mey's theoretical ideas in particular. As such it is an appropriate text for both the undergraduate student of pragmatics and the more advanced reader in the field." Louise Cummings, Nottingham Trent University

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