"Routledge English Language Introductions" cover the core areas of language study and are resources for students. Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The flexible "two-dimensional" structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. "Pragmatics and Discourse" is a comprehensive introduction to the subject and covers the core areas: context, co-text, speech acts, conversation, co-operative principle and politeness. It draws on of real texts, from TV drama scripts such as "Pride and Prejudice" to "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and "The Full Monty". It contains classic readings from the key names in the discipline, from Sperber and Wilson to Hoey, Wodak and Gumperz.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction - concepts in pragmatics and discourse: context; co-text; speech acts; conversation; co-operative principle. Part 2 Development - studies in pragmatics and discourse: analyzing the discourse in context; analyzing the co-text; using speech acts; the pragmatics of conversation; co-operation and relevance; the principle of politeness. Part 3 Exploration: data for investigation: exploring the context of writing; investigating co-text; exploring speech acts; the analysis of conversation; following the co-operative principle; applying politeness. Part 4 Extension - readings: context - knowledge and stereotypes; co-text - repetition and reference; speech acts and power; conversation and race; communication and relevance; readings in politeness.