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Pragmatics and Grammar (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

Pragmatics and Grammar (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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Mira Ariel
Cambridge University Press, 7/10/2008
EAN 9780521550185, ISBN10: 0521550181

Hardcover, 364 pages, 25.3 x 17.9 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

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.

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.