Defining Pragmatics (Hardcover)

Author: Ariel, Mira

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Although there is no shortage of definitions for pragmatics (context-dependence, nontruth-conditionality, implicitness, etc.), the received wisdom is that "pragmatics" simply cannot be coherently defined. In this ground-breaking book, Mira Ariel challenges the prominent definitions of pragmatics, as well as the widely held assumption that specific topics-implicatures, deixis, speech acts, politeness-naturally and uniformly belong on the pragmatics turf. She reconstitutes the field, defining grammar as a set of conventional codes, and pragmatics as a set of inferences, rationally derived. The book applies this division of labor between codes and inferences to many classical pragmatic phenomena, and even to phenomena considered "beyond pragmatics." Surprisingly, although some of these turn out pragmatic, other actually turn out grammatical. Additional intriguing questions addressed in the book include: Why is it sometimes difficult to distinguish grammar from pragmatics? Why is there no grand design behind grammar or behind pragmatics? Are all extragrammatical phenomena pragmatic?

"In a masterful confrontation with decades of received wisdom, Mira Ariel redefines the proper task of pragmatics in a simple, crystal-clear way. An essential read."---Arie Verhagen, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

"...a new way to unify the field of linguistic pragmatics. Ariel critically surveys ten criteria for defining pragmatics, and argues for equating it with inferential as opposed to encoded meaning. She then shows how to apply the definition to the complete range of topics taken to constitute pragmatics in a broad sense."---Nancy Hedberg, Simon Fraser University

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521517836
SKU 214954367
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521517834
Release Date 7/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0330
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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