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Pragmatics: Strategies for Communication (6 points)


Leader: Dr Keith Allan

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Flexible)

Synopsis: The (neo-Gricean) cooperative principle in language interaction; language understanding as a constructive process; sentence meaning and speaker meaning; politeness phenomena; Sperber and Wilson on manifestness, ostension and intention; the nature of practical inference; relevance theory; implicature and presupposition; information structure, definiticity, and anaphora; literal and nonliteral language; theories of speech acts; pragmatics and discourse; pragmatics across cultures and subcultures.

Assessment: Three assignments: 10%, 40% and 40% + Class test: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (2 x seminars) per week

Prerequisites: a first-year sequence in Linguistics or Communications

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