Language Use

A Philosophical Investigation into the Basic Notions of Pragmatics

  • Pär Segerdahl

Part of the Swansea Studies in Philosophy book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-12
  3. Deixis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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  4. Conversational Implicature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
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  5. Speech Acts

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  6. Presupposition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183

About this book


Language Use offers a philosophical examination of the basic conceptual framework of pragmatic theory, and contrasts this framework with detailed descriptions of our everyday practices of language use. While the results should be highly relevant to pragmatics, the investigation is not a contribution to pragmatic theory. Drawing on Ludwig Wittgenstein's approach to philosophical problems, Language Use brings out the relevance of Wittgenstein's methods to fundamental problems in central pragmatic fields of research such as deixis, implicatures, speech acts and presuppositions.


communication Deixis language linguistics Ludwig Wittgenstein pragmatics semantic

Authors and affiliations

  • Pär Segerdahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Uppsala UniversitySweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39592-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37509-3
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