Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics / Edition 1

Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics / Edition 1

by Jenny A. Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582291518

ISBN-13: 9780582291515

Pub. Date: 12/01/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics is a comprehensive introductory text which discusses the development of pragmatics - its aims and methodology - and also introduces themes that are not generally covered in other texts.

Jenny Thomas focuses on the dynamic nature of speaker meaning, considering the central roles of both speaker and

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Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics is a comprehensive introductory text which discusses the development of pragmatics - its aims and methodology - and also introduces themes that are not generally covered in other texts.

Jenny Thomas focuses on the dynamic nature of speaker meaning, considering the central roles of both speaker and hearer, and takes into account the social and psychological factors involved in the generation and interpretation of utterances. The book includes a detailed examination of the development of Pragmatics as a discipline, drawing attention to problems encountered in earlier work, and brings the reader up to date with recent discussion in the field. The book is written principally for students with no previous knowledge of pragmatics, and the basic concepts are covered in considerable detail. Theoretical and more complicated information is highlighted with examples that have been drawn from the media, fiction and real-life interaction, and makes the study more accessible to newcomers. It is an ideal introductory textbook for students of linguistics and for all who are interested in analysing problems in communication.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582291515
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Learning about Language Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1What is pragmatics?1
2Speech acts28
3Conversational implicature55
4Approaches to pragmatics87
5Pragmatics and indirectness119
6Theories of politeness149
7The construction of meaning183
References211
Author Index219
General Index221

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