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Pragmatics and Non-Verbal Communication

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521691444

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  • The way we say the words we say helps us convey our intended meanings. Indeed, the tone of voice we use, the facial expressions and bodily gestures we adopt while we are talking, often add entirely new layers of meaning to those words. How the natural non-verbal properties of utterances interact with linguistic ones is a question that is often largely ignored. This book redresses the balance, providing a unique examination of non-verbal behaviours from a pragmatic perspective. It charts a point of contact between pragmatics, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, ethology and psychology, and provides the analytical basis to answer some important questions: How are non-verbal behaviours interpreted? What do they convey? How can they be best accommodated within a theory of utterance interpretation?

    • Widely accessible as no prior knowledge of pragmatics and terminology is required
    • Encompasses a wide variety of topics from different subjects including philosophy, ethology and cognitive science which enhances the cross-disciplinary potential of the book
    • Written within a clear engaging style which gives it greater appeal and widens the readership
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    '… a most timely work … not only does Wharton achieve an innovative, brave and systematic re-analysis in coherence with the cognitive theoretic pragmatic paradigm he endorses, but also he raises many intriguing and stimulating questions, and suggests new and challenging directions for future work which will spark off much discussion and research.' Lodz Papers in Pragmatics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521691444
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Natural pragmatics
    2. Natural and non-natural meaning
    3. Pragmatics and the domain of pragmatic principles
    4. Interjections and language
    5. Natural codes
    6. Prosody and gesture
    7. Mind-readers
    8. The showing-meaningNN continuum and beyond.

  • Author

    Tim Wharton, University College London
    Tim Wharton is an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London. He is a member of the International Pragmatics Association and is a regular contributor and reviewer for a number of international journals in language, philosophy and cognition. His previous book publications include contributions to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (2009), for which he was a consultant editor, and Pragmatics and Theory of Mind (2009). Prior to his academic career, he was a singer-songwriter and has written and recorded a number of songs which are still used as teaching resources for those learning English as a foreign language.

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