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Lodz Papers in Pragmatics

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Pragmatics, Micropragmatics, Macropragmatics

Piotr Cap
Published Online: 2011-02-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10016-010-0011-0

Pragmatics, Micropragmatics, Macropragmatics

The paper addresses the distinction between micropragmatics and macropragmatics. It is postulated that this differentiation, a consequence of a number of controversies surrounding the core field of pragmatics, does manifest a number of conceptual merits and methodological feasibility. The article also aims to elaborate on the four concepts central to the methodology of pragmatics, i.e. deixis, presupposition, implicature and speech acts, from an essentially ‘micropragmatic’ perspective, describing their contribution to the proposition of an utterance, its illocutionary force, and a wide range of effects the utterance may produce. At the same time, however, three relativities-regularities are indicated and presented as prompts for an integrated study of intentionality at the macro level of discourse/text.

Keywords: Macropragmatics; micropragmatics; deixis; presupposition; implicature; speech acts

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Published Online: 2011-02-03

Published in Print: 2010-01-01


Citation Information: Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 195–228, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10016-010-0011-0.

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