Pragmatik pp 283-295 | Cite as

Reduction and Contextualization in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

  • Anne Reboul
  • Jacques Moeschler
Part of the Linguistische Berichte book series (LINGB)


Discourse analysis is built on a premise:
  1. (1)

    Syntax and semantics are not sufficient to account for linguistic interpretation because their domain is the sentence.

Discourse analysts draw a conclusion from that premise:
  1. (2)

    To account for linguistic interpretation, it is necessary to have a unit larger than the sentence.

Discourse analysis has an obvious candidate for the status of larger unit: discourse (or text for the written language approaches). Yet it does not seem that discourse is in any way a well-defined entity and a unit which may be circumscribed through linguistic means. We will come back to that question in the next section.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Reboul
  • Jacques Moeschler
    • 1
  1. 1.GenevaSweden

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