1. Context and structure;
  2. Speech act theory;
  3. Cooperative principle;
  4. Politeness theories;
  5. Transcribing spoken interactions;
  6. Corpora and communities;
  7. Critical discourse analysis;
  8. Intercultural pragmatics.




  1. To introduce the students to the main pragmatic theoretical concepts;
  2. To introduce the students to historical and recent developments in the field;
  3. 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 comprises 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:

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (10%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
  2. Mid-term quiz (multiples choice and short open-ended questions) (30%)
  3. 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%)




Cutting, J. (2015). Pragmatics: A Resource Book for Students. London: Routledge.



Last updated: 9 July 2018