The Handbook of Pragmatics

The Handbook of Pragmatics

Editor(s): Laurence R. Horn, Gregory Ward

Published Online: 11 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631225478

Online ISBN: 9780470756959

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756959

About this Book

The Handbook of Pragmatics is a collection of newly commissioned articles that provide an authoritative and accessible introduction to the field, including an overview of the foundations of pragmatic theory and a detailed examination of the rich and varied theoretical and empirical subdomains of pragmatics.


  • Contains 32 newly commissioned articles that outline the central themes and challenges for current research in the field of linguistic pragmatics.
  • Provides authoritative and accessible introduction to the field and a detailed examination of the varied theoretical and empirical subdomains of pragmatics.
  • Includes extensive bibliography that serves as a research tool for those working in pragmatics and allied fields in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.
  • Valuable resource for both students and professional researchers investigating the properties of meaning, reference, and context in natural language.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: The Domain of Pragmatics

  2. Part II: Pragmatics and Discourse Structure

    1. Chapter 8

      Topic and Focus (pages 175–196)

      Jeanette K. Gundel and Thorstein Fretheim

  3. Part III: Pragmatics and its Interfaces

  4. Part IV: Pragmatics and Cognition

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