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Pragmatics and Grammar


  • Page extent: 364 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.69 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 306.44
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: P99.4.P72 A75 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Pragmatics
    • Grammar, Comparative and general

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521550185)

When using language, many aspects of our messages are left implicit in what we say. While grammar is responsible for what we express explicitly, pragmatics explains how we infer additional meanings. The problem is that it is not always a trivial matter to decide which of the meanings conveyed is explicit (grammatical) and which implicit (pragmatic). Pragmatics and Grammar lays out a methodology for students and scholars to distinguish between the two. It explains how and why grammar and pragmatics combine together in natural discourse, and how pragmatic uses become grammatical in time.

• Introduces students to a major topic within current pragmatics research • Based on natural linguistic examples, therefore providing more persuasive data • Addresses how we should tease grammar and pragmatics apart in controversial cases


1. Introduction: grammar, pragmatics and what's between them; Part I. Drawing the Grammar/Pragmatics Divide: 2. Distinguishing the grammatical and the extragrammatical: referential expressions; 3. Distinguishing codes, explicated, implicated and truth-compatible inferences; Part II. Crossing the Extralinguistic-Linguistic Divide: 4. Grammar, pragmatics and arbitrariness; 5. All paths lead to the salient discourse pattern; 6. The rise (and potential fall) of reflexive pronouns; Part III. Bringing Grammar and Pragmatics Back Together: 7. Grammar/pragmatics interfaces.

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