People do not always say what they mean. So, how do we manage to understand each other if speakers regularly mean something other than what they say? Why don't people just say what they mean? We shall answer these and many other questions in this introductory course to Pragmatics. Some of the topics we shall be concerned with in this course include different levels of meaning, speaker's intention, interpretation and understanding of utterances; the role of context in utterance interpretations; speech acts; conversational implicature; presupposition and politeness.
- Introduction to pragmatics: defining pragmatics, its origin and correlation with other disciplines;
- Context, deixis, reference;
- Conversational implicature. The cooperative principle, conversational maxims;
- Transcribing spoken interactions
- Speech acts;
- Cultural pragmatics.
- To introduce the students to the main pragmatic theoretical concepts;
- To introduce the students to historical and recent developments in the field;
- To enable the students to engage in pragmatic analysis of spoken and written data using the theoretical concepts that they learnt in class.
The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials. Arrangement of tutorials will be finalized after the add-drop period when the number of registered students is known.
Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of three parts:
- Tutorials and in-class participation (10%)
Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
- Mid-term quiz (multiples choice and short open-ended questions) (30%)
- Course assignment: analysis of authentic discourse data (spoken, written or multimodal) using pragmatic theories discussed in class.
The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:
(a) selection of data extract for analysis and transcription (in case of spoken data and multimodal data) (20%);
(b) an essay based on the analysis of the selected data (40%)
The required and recommended readings will be provided by the course instructor during the course.