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Principles of Pragmatics (Longman Linguistics Library) Paperback – July 4, 1983

ISBN-13: 978-0582551107 ISBN-10: 0582551102

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Product Details

  • Series: Longman Linguistics Library (Book 30)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Group Limited (July 4, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582551102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582551107
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Lech on October 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a very clear and readable account of a principle-driven approach to pragmatics. While I don't think it appropriate for someone who wants an introduction to the field, it has a stimulating account of linguistic politeness, and a first-attempt at a communicative-grammar approach to questions and negative sentences. The overall approach of the book is complementarist: treating pragmatics and semantics as separate, but complementary fields of inquiry. Thus utterances are analyzed according to their sense (semantics) and force (roughly,'illocutionary goals' together with associated implicatures--properly dealt with by pragmatics).

Caveats: the usage of the terms 'implicature', 'force', and 'meaning' are a bit loose in this account, and there is a general tendency to proliferate

maxims (which describe tendencies to my mind, more than rules that speakers follow in conversation)

Overall, a stimulating read if you already have some background in pragmatics.
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