Pragmatics: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of the meaning of language in context. This book includes nine chapters on the history of pragmatics, current theories, the application of pragmatics, and possible future developments in the field. Each chapter will be based around a real-world example, and will contain highlighted key terms and concepts, chapter-end exercises, further reading and a glossary. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher, this book will be an essential introduction to this topic for all beginning students of English Language and Linguistics.
About the Author
Billy Clark is Associate Professor of English Language at Middlesex University, UK.
Table of Contents
1. ‘A man walks into a room’: what does pragmatics aim to explain?
2. ‘You wait 2,000 years. . . ‘: from Greeks to Grice
3. Implications of implicature: first responses to Grice
4. ‘How many maxims would you like with that?’ Neo-Gricean pragmatics
5. ‘What’s the face for?’ Politeness and impoliteness
6. ‘No maxims for me, thanks’. Post-Gricean pragmatics
7. Beyond words: prosody, nonverbal and multimodal communication
8. ‘What’s this for?’ Testing and applying pragmatics
9. ‘Where are you going now?’ The future