The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia
Edited by Louise Cummings
Routledge – 2009 – 656 pages
Pragmatics has grown considerably in its relatively short history, from its original disciplinary influences in philosophy and linguistics, into a multidisciplinary field that encompasses a range of theoretical and empirical concerns. The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia captures the diversity of these intellectual interests in a comprehensive, single-volume edition. The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia covers concepts and theories that have traditionally been associated with pragmatics, but also recent areas of development within the field, scholars who have had a significant influence on pragmatics, interdisciplinary exchanges between pragmatics and other areas of enquiry and all major research trends. Extensive cross-references between entries, along with suggestions for further reading at the end of entries, ensure that the interested reader can pursue additional study of chosen topics. With over 200 entries, written by leading academics from around the world, The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia captures the rich complexity of pragmatics in an accessible manner. This reference will be relevant to students of pragmatics as well as to established scholars in the field.
"This encyclopedia….will certainly turn into one of those books that we shall all wonder how we ever managed without." - Ferenc Kiefer, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
"The contributor list for the Pragmatics Encyclopedia reads like a veritable Who's Who of present-day pragmatic research. The scope, breadth and depth of coverage are truly amazing and will set new standards in the field." - Andreas H. Jucker, University of Zurich, Switzerland
"This is a truly original and substantive work. As the editor states, it is intended for a wide audience of students, junior academics, and advanced scholars. Essential."
"This remarkable collective accomplishment, impressive in every particular, brilliantly written and edited to make a formidably difficult field of linguistics accessible to student, teacher and researcher alike, is likely to be the standard work of reference in its field for many years to come. Unstinted praise. Stock it!."
- H.G.A. Hughes, Freelance Reviewer, Corwen, UK
'The Pragmatics Encyclopedia is, in my view, an extremely valuabl asset to the field of pragmatics, and most certainly succeeds in its intention to 'capture the multidisciplinary influences that have shaped and continue to shape the field of pragmatics'. It will be welcomed by specialists and non-specialists alike, and deserves a place in the libraries of all teaching institutions that all teaching institutions that truly value the study and exploration of language.' - Discourse and Society
'The Pragmatics Encyclopedia is literally a page-turner, and one is led through a journey of intensely interesting exploration by the inexorable pull of the highlighted topics in the body of the entry and the 'See also' references at the end… The Pragmatics Encyclopedia is, in my view, an extremely valuable asset to the field of pragmatics, and most certainly succeeds in its intention to 'capture the multidisciplinary influences that have shaped and continue to shape the field of pragmatics'. It will be welcomed by specialists and non-specialists alike, and deserves a place in the libraries of all teaching institutions that truly value the study and exploration of language.' - Discourse and Society
'…a succinct and… authoritative guide to pragmatics.' - Discourse and Communication
Board of consultants. List of contributors. Preface. Acknowledgements. Entries A-Z. Bibliography. Index.
Louise Cummings is a Professor of Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University, where she teaches advanced level modules in pragmatics and clinical linguistics.