A comprehensive introductory textbook on pragmatics in its broadest sense, covering a wide range of cognitive, social, and cultural factors involved in language use viewed as a dynamic process of interactive meaning generation. The book does not require previous training in pragmatics. While initiating, however, it also tries to be innovating by bringing together usually fragmented observations and approaches in a coherent theoretical framework. The book contains helpful chapter-by-chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, and topics for further study.
ISBN: hb 0-340-64624-1, pb 0-340-64623-3
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Th is book is also available in Spanish (Para entender la pragmática, Madrid, Gredos, 2002), Slovene (Razumeti pragmatiko, Ljubljana, *cf., 2000), Chinese (Yu yong xue quan shi, Beijing, QingHuaUniversity Press, 2003), and Japanese (Ninchi to shakai no goyooron : Tougouteki apuroochi o motomete [= Cognitive and Social Pragmatics: In search of their integration]. Tokyo: Hitsuji-shobo, 2010).