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Shvoong Home>Arts & Humanities>Review of Marmaridou: Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition Summary

Review of Marmaridou: Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition

Article Summary   by:TsingHua     Original Author: Modern Foreign Languages
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Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition by Sophia S.A. Marmaridou (2000), a newly published book on linguistic pragmatics, is featured by its utilization of experiential realism in interpreting pragmatics in general and pragmatic meaning in specific. This paper aims to make a brief introduction and a short review of it that is considered as useful not only to the study of linguistic pragmatics but also to cognitive linguistics as well. Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition can be divided into three parts. In the first part (Chapter One), the author gives a comprehensive review of the origins and development of linguistic pragmatics so as to lay the foundation for the proposal of studying pragmatics and pragmatic meaning from the experiential perspective. This is also what the present paper does in the first section. Furthermore, the author抯 insightful comment on the different approaches to pragmatics is rather helpful for a better understanding of the present research on pragmatics. The second part (Chapter Two), presents the readers with the knowledge of experiential realism compared with the objectivist paradigm in the study of linguistic meaning. This part is the essence and core of the whole book, and this part is really provoking and attractive. Accordingly, in the second section of this paper we briefly summarize the main ideas of the objectivist paradigm and experiential realism. Moreover, we also discuss the author抯 idea of utilizing experiential realism in the study of pragmatics and pragmatic meaning, that is, an experiential definition of pragmatics and pragmatic meaning. The third part covers Chapter Three to Chapter Six of the book. In this part the author studies the pragmatic phenomena of deixis, presupposition, speech acts and implicature by resorting to his experiential approach to pragmatics. We think that Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition is a useful and inspiring book on pragmatics.
Published: October 30, 2001   
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