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Corpus Pragmatics

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 85–90 | Cite as

Aijmer, K. & Rühlemann, C.: Corpus Pragmatics: A Handbook

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2015
  • Susan ReicheltEmail author
Book Review

Corpus pragmatics is an emerging field that, over the past decade or so, has received increasing attention from linguists. The reviewed volume is the first handbook under this sub-discipline, bringing together a multitude of studies investigating pragmatic features with corpus linguistic methods. As such, it is of interest to newcomers to the field of corpus pragmatics on all academic levels as well as scholars from any field that are interested in new approaches. The chapters are great resources on individual pragmatic features and can be used as stand-alone references with the handbook as a whole serving as a remarkable collection of avenues taken within this new discipline.

Pragmatics, fully established in the late 1970s, investigates how language is used for communicative purposes. It, therefore, includes foci not on the literal meanings of words and sentences alone, but also on social and cultural readings of the utterances and their speakers. Research within pragmatics usually...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Language and Communication ResearchCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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