New publication: Elements of Hermeneutic Pragmatics

Wood coverCan linguistic pragmatics be developed without the need to formulate rules, criteria or maxims? The author argues that rules as they have been conceived of within pragmatics, particularly speech act theory, are limiting and out of step with the linguistic science of recent decades.
Using a hermeneutic approach to pragmatics, this book seeks to bring pragmatics closer to the cognitive paradigm that has transformed the other branches of the linguistic and communication sciences, with the help of developments in certain neighbouring disciplines such as philosophy, sociology and narratology. The elements that are opened up to pragmatics in this approach include some new conceptions of intentionality, intertextuality, communicative action and literary authorship, as well as the subjectivity of interpretation, which by its very nature ceaselessly transforms all forms of communication in its historical spiral.

Available for purchase here.

Tahir Wood is currently Director of Academic Planning at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He completed his PhD in 1994 at the University of Cape Town under the supervision of the author J.M. Coetzee and has taught English and linguistics at several South African universities. His interests are in pragmatics, semantics, semiotics and discourse studies.

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