An Exploration Into the Mechanisms of How do We Communicate With Words: A Review of Pragmatics

Xiyao Hong


Levinson’s Pragmatics (2003) is one of the classic monographs in pragmatics. By elaborating on the main ideas as well as the new developments of those core topics in pragmatics like deixis, conversational implicature, presupposition, speech acts and so on, the book provides readers with rich information in the field. Seeing its theoretical value, the present paper intends to review the main contents of the book and then make brief comments on it.


Pragmatics; Deixis; Implicature; Presupposition; Speech acts

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