Successful completion of this course means that students will develop a better understanding of the following areas in pragmatics: the scope of pragmatics in contradistinction to that of semantics, deixis, presupposition, implicature and speech acts. Also, the students will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contemporary theoretical and applied pragmatics.
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this course, you will learn that we use language, not only to describe the world, as we learnt in the semantics course, but, most importantly, to act and perform in it. We use it to socialize, get married, undertake to help others, apologize, or request, and all this is done exclusively with language. Moreover, we also often mean much more than what we say, or sometimes we mean other things than what we actually say. We will examine all these issues in this course, but we’ll also see how the two components of meaning, i.e. semantics (meaning in language) and pragmatics (meaning more than you say, or doing in language) interconnect and ‘cooperate’ every time we communicate.
The course is of immediate interest to the language teacher as it underpins current teaching methodologies, but it is also of interest to a variety of other modern language-based disciplines, such as, language impairment (semantic and pragmatic disorders), psychiatry, translation, literature, computational linguistics, language programming, etc.
pragmatics, implicature, context, speech acts, deixis, presupposition
Additional bibliography for study
-Carston, Robyn (2002). Relevance Theory: the Pragmatics of Explicit Communication. Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishing.
-Chierchia, Gennaro & Sally McConnell-Ginet (1900). Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press.
-Davis, Steven (ed.) (1991). Pragmatics: a reader. Oxford University Press.
-Levinson, Stephen (2000). Presumptive Meanings: a theory of generalized conversational implicature. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press.
-Levinson, Stephen (1983). Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press.
-Marmaridou, Sophia (2000). Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition. John Benjamins Publishing Company
-May, Jacob (1993). Pragmatics: An Introduction. Blackwell Publishing.