By Peter Grundy
Routledge – 2008 – 304 pages
Doing Pragmatics achieved success through its unparalleled capacity to render pragmatics truly accessible to students. Embracing the comprehensive and engaging style which characterised the previous editions, the third edition is fully revised and expanded. Grundy consolidates the strengths of the original version, reinforcing its unique combination of theory and practice with new theory, exercises and up-to-date, real data and examples. New chapters include pragmatic inference and language evolution, and intercultural pragmatics. Doing Pragmatics is designed for pragmatics courses both at an introductory and a more advanced level. It extends beyond theory to promote an applied understanding of empirical data and to provide students with the opportunity to 'do' pragmatics themselves, providing the ideal foundation for all those studying linguistics and ELT.
1. Using and understanding language.
2. Deixis: the relation of reference to the point of origin of the utterance.
3. Presupposition - accommodating background knowledge.
4. Speech acts: language as action.
5. Implicit meaning.
6. Relevance Theory.
7. Metapragmatic awareness.
8. Pragmatic inference and language evolution.
9. Politeness phenomena.
10. Empirical pragmatics, interactive pragmatics, talk-in-interaction.
11. Intercultural pragmatics.
12. Doing project work in pragmatics.
Peter Grundy is a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University and a former Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Durham.