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Thu Nov 21 2019

Books: Pragmatics: Cummins

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Date: 07-Nov-2019
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Subject: Pragmatics: Cummins
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Title: Pragmatics
Series Title: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language - Advanced
Published: 2019
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Author: Chris Cummins
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474440059 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474440042 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 90
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474440028 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 90
Paperback: ISBN: 9781474440035 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

An exploration of English pragmatics with a thorough integration of theoretical and experimental research

A central goal of pragmatics is to identify the capabilities that underpin our ability to communicate ‘non-literal’ meanings. Guiding students through the many facets of English pragmatics, this textbook discusses the ways in which people successfully convey and recover meanings that are not simply associated with the combinations of words that they use.

The book draws on a broad range of data, including psycholinguistic experimentation, studies of acquisition and corpus research, and uses real examples from English to illuminate contemporary debates in pragmatics and related fields. With exercises and discussion topics at the end of each chapter, it invites students to explore how pragmatic meaning can be explained in theoretical terms and contemplate whether these explanations command empirical support.

* Wide-ranging treatment of the major topics in English pragmatics

* Thorough integration of theoretical and experimental research

* Accessible introduction to relevant empirical methods, assuming no prior expertise

* Extensive reference to real examples of usage

* Exercises and discussion topics

Available in North America from our distribution partners, Oxford University Press.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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