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Pragmemes and Theories of Language Use

  • Keith Allan
  • Alessandro Capone
  • Istvan Kecskes
  • Offers an integrative holistic approach to the current debate in pragmatics and adjacent territories

  • Articles by senior researchers on language from a societal perspective

  • Represents new areas of pragmatics, like the pragmeme and pragmatic acts


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

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

  • Book Title Pragmemes and Theories of Language Use
  • Editors Keith Allan
    Alessandro Capone
    Istvan Kecskes
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43490-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82838-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43491-9
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 910
  • Number of Illustrations 45 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pragmatics
    Philosophy of Language
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