Pragmatics: The Basics (Paperback)

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Pragmatics: The Basics (Paperback)


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Pragmatics: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of verbal and nonverbal communication in context.

Including nine chapters on the history of pragmatics, current theories, the application of pragmatics, and possible future developments in the field, this book:

Offers a comprehensive overview of key ideas in contemporary pragmatics and how these have developed from and beyond the pioneering work of the philosopher Paul Grice;

Draws on real-world examples such as political campaign posters and song lyrics to demonstrate how we convey and understand direct and indirect meanings;

Explains the effects of verbal, nonverbal, and multimodal communication and how the same words or behaviour can mean different things in different contexts, including what makes utterances more or less polite;

Highlights key terms and concepts throughout and provides chapter-end study questions, further reading suggestions, and a glossary.

Written by an experienced researcher and teacher, this book will be an essential introduction to this topic for all beginning students of English Language and Linguistics.


Billy Clark is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Northumbria University, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781138193864
ISBN-10: 1138193860
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: September 1st, 2021
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Basics