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Pragmatics (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
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Now, Levinson's book is a book I read twice, and from which I never retain anything. The first time I read it - entirely - I could not mention anything I had read in there. I thought I was simply a bad reader, but after having studied pragmatics for a long time, I realised that the book was simply not well written. It goes into complicated details too fast, before the reader has any real grasp on the matter, and gets lost in discussions that readers usually aren't able to understand, nor care for.
Typically, I'd say that Levinson's book is an "introduction" written by someone who knows not what it is like to know nothing about pragmatics. And even when you know of the subject, you still find his book rather difficult to follow.
I strongly urge you to consider George Yule's book on pragmatics rather than this one.
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The author's style is needlessly complex, with elaborate sentences and odd words that could have been replaced with much simpler and clearer ones to a reader being introduced to a... Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by Eliot Pooh