Pragmemes and Theories of Language Use

  • Keith Allan
  • Alessandro Capone
  • Istvan Kecskes

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Pragmemes: Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fabrizio Macagno, Alessandro Capone
      Pages 45-68
    3. Ferenc Kiefer
      Pages 141-148
    4. Neal R. Norrick
      Pages 149-166
    5. Jacob L. Mey
      Pages 239-248
    6. Anita Fetzer
      Pages 249-264
    7. Alan Reed Libert
      Pages 375-389
  3. Pragmemes and Cultural Analysis

  4. Theories of Language Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 599-599
    2. Nathan Klinedinst
      Pages 601-624
    3. Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach, Sara Schatz
      Pages 625-642
    4. Marit Sternau, Mira Ariel, Rachel Giora, Ofer Fein
      Pages 703-723
    5. Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri
      Pages 725-748
    6. Alessandro Capone
      Pages 769-790

About this book


This volume offers recent developments in pragmatics and adjacent territories of investigation, including important new concepts such as the pragmatic act and the pragmeme, and combines developments in neighboring disciplines in an integrative holistic pragmatic approach. The young science of pragmatics has, from its inception, differentiated itself from neighboring fields in the humanities, especially the disciplines dealing with language and those focusing on the social and anthropological aspects of human behavior, by focusing on the language user in his or her societal environment.

This collection of papers continues that emphasis on language use, and pragmatic acts in their context. The editors and contributors share a perspective that essentially considers language as a system for communication and wants to look at language from a societal perspective, and accept the view that acts of interpretation are essentially embedded in culture. In an interdisciplinary approach, some authors explore connections with social theory, in particular sociology or socio-linguistics, some offer a political stance (critical discourse analysis), others explore connections with philosophy and philosophy of language, and several papers address problems in theoretical pragmatics.


Pragmemes Metapragmatics Formulaic language use Pragmemes in discourse Pragmemes in artificial languages Cultural pragmatic schemas Cross-cultural pragmatics

Editors and affiliations

  • Keith Allan
    • 1
  • Alessandro Capone
    • 2
  • Istvan Kecskes
    • 3
  1. 1.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  3. 3.State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43490-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43491-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-3815
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