Topics


  1. Introduction to pragmatics: defining pragmatics, its origin and correlation with other disciplines;
  2. Context, deixis, reference;
  3. Presupposition;
  4. Conversational implicature. The cooperative principle, conversational maxims;
  5. Transcribing spoken interactions
  6. Speech acts;
  7. Politeness;
  8. Cultural pragmatics.

 

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Objectives


  1. To introduce the students to the main pragmatic theoretical concepts;
  2. To introduce the students to historical and recent developments in the field;
  3. To enable the students to engage in pragmatic analysis of spoken and written data using the theoretical concepts that they learnt in class.

 

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Organisation


The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials. Arrangement of tutorials will be finalized after the add-drop period when the number of registered students is known.

 

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Assessment


Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of three parts:

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (10%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
  2. Mid-term quiz (multiples choice and short open-ended questions) (30%)
  3. Course assignment: analysis of authentic discourse data (spoken, written or multimodal) using pragmatic theories discussed in class.

The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:
(a) selection of data extract for analysis and transcription (in case of spoken data and multimodal data) (20%);
(b) an essay based on the analysis of the selected data (40%)

 

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Texts


(1) Thomas, J. (1995). Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics. London: Longman.
(2) Yule, G. (1996). Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

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Last updated: 4 January 2017