Pragmatics, Paperback Book
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In Pragmatics, the study of meaning derived from context, Jean Stilwell Peccei offers a practical introduction to this core area of linguistics.

Pragmatics: * encourages the reader to look at different levels of meaning within sentences * provides a basic understanding of key pragmatic concepts * introduces two highly influential approaches to pragmatics: the Co-Operative Principle and Speech Act Theory * encourages the reader to apply basic analytical tools to real data, eg. advertising language and children's conversations * provides a range of activities, discussion questions, an answer key and further reading.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 106 pages, 3 black & white tables
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Sociolinguistics
  • ISBN: 9780415205238

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This is a good book for beginning to understand the basics of Pragmatics. I recommend picking up some Semantics before tackling this book, but one could conceivably make it through fine without it. The exercises are thorough and the book is written "workbook" style with the expectation that you'll work out some of the problems along the way in order to better understand the material. Each chapter is also followed by a number of exercises meant to be completed after the entire chapter is finished. The book is a bit brief, and I think more material on some of the subjects is warranted, but if you're looking for an introduction that can be completed in a relatively short period of time, this is a good choice.

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