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Pragmatics and Discourse


Pragmatics and Discourse


Joan Cutting is Reader in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sunderland, UK. She is editor of The Grammar of Spoken English and its Application to English for Academic Purposes, and author of Analysing the Language of Discourse Communities.



'This is an ideal book for anyone beginning the study of discourse and pragmatics; it is transparently written without being simplistic or patronising, and is thorough and detailed without being obscure or mystifying.'
Michael McCarthy, University of Nottingham.

'Joan Cutting's book provides an excellent introduction to one of the most intensively researched areas in linguistics and communication studies - pragmatics and discourse analysis. It offers the novice in the field exciting, creative and accessible ways in which to gain an understanding of the most important issues, and it also gives us old hands stimulating new food for thought.'
Richard Watts, University of Berne, Switzerland


Pragmatics and Discourse:

  • is a comprehensive introduction to pragmatics and discourse covering the core areas of the subject: context, co-text, speech acts, conversation, cooperative principle and politeness

  • draws on a wealth of real texts, from TV programmes such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Dalziel and Pascoe, to mobile text messages and Winnie the Pooh

  • provides classic readings from the key names in the discipline, from Sperber and Wilson to Hoey, Wodak and Gumperz.
This is an accessible and user-friendly textbook for all students of English language and linguistics


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