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Pragmatics


DozentIn: Dr. Claudia Lehmann, M.A.

Veranstaltungstyp: Seminar

Ort: 41/218: Fr. 10:00 - 12:00 (14x), 41/101: Dienstag. 26.03.19 12:00 - 14:00

Zeiten: Fr. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich), Ort: 41/218, Termine am Dienstag. 26.03.19 12:00 - 14:00, Ort: 41/101

Beschreibung: Pragmatics is, compared to other linguistic disciplines such as phonology, morphology, and syntax, a relatively young research field. In his seminal essay 'On Logic and Conversation', Herbert Paul Grice was the first to draw a distinction between "what is said" and "what is implicated". If someone, for instance, says 'Nice area' right after having been robbed, the hearer will understand this utterance to mean something different than the surface statement might suggest instantly. Grice thus showed that there must be tacit rules that enable a speaker to convey sarcastic meanings. Since the "Gricean" or "Pragmatic" Turn, linguists have tried to uncover these rules.
In this class, we will start with a general introduction to pragmatics and its different approaches to the analysis of meaning compared to semantics. This is followed by an introduction to the 'cornerstones' of pragmatics, i.e. speech act theory and implicature, which focus on the utterance as the unit of analysis. We will then turn our attention to larger structures, i.e. the turn, and explore topics such as markers that indicate "what is implicated" on the verbal, para-linguistic, and non-verbal level.

Textbook (recommended for purchase):
Archer, D., Aijmer, K., & Wichmann, A. (2012). Pragmatics: An advanced resource book for students. Routledge.

Please note:
This seminar is designed for 4LP students only. Students who need to complete 2LP for the V2 module may register for Prof. Bergs „Language Evolution" lecture. Only under certain circumstances, such as a particular interest in the topic or a provable scheduling conflict, you may approach me about completing this class for 2LP.


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