This dictionary provides a full and authoritative guide to the meanings of the terms, concepts, and theories employed in pragmatics, the study of language in use.
Pragmatics is a central subject in linguistics and philosophy and an increasingly important topic in fields such as cognitive science, informatics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and pathology. Its rapid development has produced new theories, methods, approaches, and schools of thought. These in turn have resulted in a vast vocabulary of new terms and in modified meanings for existing terms. Such terms help advance research and facilitate discussion, but they can also cause confusion
and act as barriers to understanding and communication. Yan Huang defines and explains them all, from the most traditional to the most recent. Covering every branch of research and all theoretical approaches and with the needs of students and researchers firmly in mind he writes each entry in the
simplest possible terms for the subject in question, gives references to relevant seminal and recent work, provides numerous cross-references to related entries, and shows how each term and concept is applied and used in different contexts.
Written by one of the leading experts in the field, Professor Huang's dictionary, the first of its kind ever published, will be a much valued resource for students and researchers in every aspect of the field.
Yan Huang is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Auckland. He has previously taught linguistics at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Reading, where he was Professor of Theoretical Linguistics. He has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. His books include The Syntax and Pragmatics of Anaphora (CUP 1994, re-issued in 2007), Anaphora: A Cross-Linguistic Study (OUP 2000) and Pragmatics (OUP 2007). He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics planned for publication in 2014.
Introduction: what is pragmatics ; Directory of symbols and abbreviations ; The dictionary ; References