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Title: Experimental Pragmatics
Edited By: Ira A Noveck
Dan Sperber
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition

Reviews of the hardback edition:

'If you want to understand how your knowledge of the world shapes your use
of language and your grasp of its deepest significance, read this book.
Experimental pragmatics began in the 1960s; forty years on, this book marks
its coming of age. Its leading practitioners show that pragmatics is far
from a peripheral topic but integral to the fundamental mechanisms of
language. The chapters are accessible, and the book will provide the basis
for an excellent course in experimental pragmatics.' - Professor P. N.
Johnson-Laird, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, USA

'Psycholinguists have been investigating the pragmatics of discourse since
the early seventies; but it is only recently that linguists working in that
area have felt the need to resort to psychological experiments to test
their models. Experimental psychology and linguistic pragmatics interact
also in the study of reasoning. A new field is emerging - experimental
pragmatics - to which this book, the first of its kind, provides an
exciting and most welcome introduction.' - Professor Francois Recanati,
Institut Jean-Nicod, France

How does our knowledge of the language on the one hand, our knowledge of
the world and of the context in which we converse, on the other hand,
enable us to understand what we are told, to resolve ambiguities, to
appreciate metaphor and irony, to grasp both explicit and implicit content
in verbal communication? This book provides the first comprehensive
introduction to an exciting new field in which models of language and
meaning are tested and compared using techniques from psycholinguistics.
For advanced students in Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Psychology and
Philosophy with an interest in verbal communication.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403903506
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360
Prices: U.K. £ 55

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1403903514
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99