LINGUIST List 9.1030

Wed Jul 15 1998

Books: Pragmatics

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  1. Bernadette Martinez-Keck, Books on Pragmatics

Message 1: Books on Pragmatics

Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 16:16:19 -0400
From: Bernadette Martinez-Keck <>
Subject: Books on Pragmatics

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new titles in the field of Pragmatics:



Jef Verschueren, Jan-Ola Ostman, Jan Blommaert & Chris Bulcaen
(University of Antwerp / University of Helsinki)

Manual 1994. xiv, 658 pp.

US/ Canada: Hb: 1-55619-503-6 Price: USD 160.00

Rest of the World: Hb: 90 272 5081 2 Price: NLG 320,--

Supplement 1995. 336 pp. + Binder

US/ Canada: 1-55619-511-7 Price: USD 97.00

Rest of the World: 90 272 2157 X Price: 194,--

Supplement 1996. vi, 268 pp.

US/ Canada: 1 55619 512 5 Price: USD 79.00

Rest of the World: 90 272 2158 8 Price: NLG 158,--

Supplement 1997. ca. 320 pp.

US/ Canada: 1 55619 527 3 Price: USD 89.00

Rest of the World: 90 272 2173 1 Price: NLG 178,--

The Handbook of Pragmatics aims to provide easy access for scholars
with widely divergent backgrounds but with convergent interests in the
use and functioning of language to the different topics, traditions
and methods which together make up the field of Pragmatics, broadly
conceived as "the cognitive, social and cultural study of language and

The Handbook of Pragmatics will be an annually updated
state-of-the-art publication. The main body of the Handbook will be
produced in loose-leaf format in a handsome 3-ring binder and will be
accompanied by a bound Manual, which will contain all necessary
background information and user guidelines. This Manual will be the
first installment of the Handbook. Within the subsequent five years,
the loose-leaf Handbook will form the basis of the Handbook proper
giving an overview of the sub-fields, traditions, methodologies and
concepts of Pragmatics. After this phase, the Handbook will continue
to be expanded, topics will be dealt with in depth and updated
annually. The project is thus a unique work of reference that
guarantees to be always a state-of-the-art source book for


Villy Rouchota and Andreas H. Jucker (eds) 

1998. xii, 368 pp. Pragmatics & Beyond NS 58

US/ Canada: Hb: 1 55619 821 3 Price: USD 75.00

Rest of the World: Hb: 90 272 5072 3 Price: NLG 150,-- 

The eleven original papers collected in this volume address themselves
to some of the central issues in the relevance theoretic research
programme since the 1995 publication of the second edition of Sperber
and Wilson's Relevance. Communication and Cognition.

Several papers investigate the distinction between conceptual and
procedural meaning in order to account for the semantics of discourse
connectives, for the role of intonation in utterance interpretation,
and for focus phenomena. Other papers explore the role of the
relevance theoretic notion of metarepresentation in utterance
interpretation and prove its usefulness in the study of both
linguistic topics such as epistemic modality and conditional clauses,
and in the reanalysis of literary issues such as verbal humour.

Some of the central pragmatic issues dealt with are the interpretation
of semantically underdetermined linguistic forms, the role and nature
of pragmatic inference, the distinction between truth-conditional and
non-truth-conditional meaning and the separation between explicitly
and implicitly communicated meaning. The theory's application to
sociolinguistic topics is assessed and developed in an inspired
account of phatic communication; and the theory's usefulness in
accounting for certain types of "grammatical" constraints is explored
in relation to certain restrictions in the interpretation of
indefinite descriptions. 

Contributions by: Richard Breheny; Carmen Curco; Victoria
Escandell-Vidal; Thorstein Fretheim; Corinne Iten; Manuel Leonetti;
Eun-Ju Noh; Anna Papafragou; Villy Rouchota and Andreas H. Jucker;
Michiko Takeuchi; Vladimir Zegarac.

Bernadette Martinez-Keck Tel: (215) 836-1200
Publicity/Marketing Fax: (215) 836-1204
John Benjamins North America
PO Box 27519 
Philadelphia PA 19118-0519 

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  • Addison Wesley Longman
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  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Mouton de Gruyter