2016 - 2017

  Pragmatic Approaches  
Prof. ariel miraRosenberg - Jewish Studies102 Tue1600-2000 Sem  2
University credit hours:  4.0

Course description
Pragmatic approaches

The seminar discusses the three leading approaches to pragmatics. We start off with theories which aim to account for interpretations based on pragmatic inferences (Grice, neo-Grice and relevance theory). Such theories draw an absolute distinction between grammar and pragmatics. We then move on to theories which incorporate some pragmatic principles within grammar, those which account for purely conventional form/function correlations that do not pertain to truth conditions. We end with theories focusing on feedback relations between grammar and pragmatics: how pragmatic principles motivate grammatical rules and how the latter sometimes render redundant the pragmatic principles they have evolved from.

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