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Foundations of Pragmatics

Ed. by Bublitz, Wolfram / Norrick, Neal R.

Series:Handbooks of Pragmatics [HOPS] 1


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    June 2011
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    • broad in-depth coverage of the main areas of study in pragmatics
    • both historically aware and at the cutting edge of research
    • useful as an introduction to topics and methods, but more than just a summary of past research: always with original perspectives and insights

    Aims and Scope

    Opening the 9-volume-series Handbooks of Pragmatics, this handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the foundations of pragmatics. It covers the central theories and approaches as well as key concepts and topics characteristic of mainstream pragmatics, i.e. the traditional and most widespread approach to the ways and means of using language in authentic social contexts. The in-depth articles provide reliable orientational overviews useful to researchers, students, and teachers. They are both state of the art reviews of their topics and critical evaluations in the light of subsequent developments. Topics are thus considered within their scholarly context and also critically evaluated from current perspectives. The five major sections of the handbook are dedicated to the Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations (with a historiographic overview of the establishment and subsequent development of pragmatics), Key Topics (investigating indexicality, reference and other concepts that were the first to make their way from grammar into pragmatics and mainstream notions like speech acts, types of inference), the Place of Pragmatics in the Description of Discourse (delimiting pragmatics from grammar, semantics, prosody, literary criticism), and Methods and Tools.


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    Wolfram Bublitz, University of Augsburg, Germany; Neal R. Norrick, University of Saarbrücken, Germany.

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