語用學
Pragmatics


This course explores contemporary approaches to pragmatics ‒ the study of how meaning is affected by context. The main topics in the class include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation. In addition, we will discuss ‘historical pragmatics’ and phenomenon of grammaticalization.

There are three main goals of this course:

  • Introduce students to the contemporary study of pragmatics.

  • Gain experience reading and discussing linguistic literature on pragmatics in order to gain insight into both theoretical aspects and practical applications of meaning and communication.

  • Bolster students’ analytical skills, especially through applying familiar concepts to unfamiliar data.