Pragmatics Today

by Piotr Cap (Volume editor)
©2005 Conference proceedings 504 Pages
Series: Łódź Studies in Language, Volume 12


The aim of the present volume is to provide the reader with a specimen of the massive and multifaceted research in linguistic pragmatics, as pursued worldwide at the beginning of the 21st century. The book offers a selection of methodological, interpretative and descriptive papers which form a continuum governed by a group of controlling factors: first, the amount of novel theoretical ingredient, second, the degree of interdisciplinarity, and third, the range of application. Accordingly, the volume proceeds from methodological accounts which propose non-standard, often cross-disciplinary reformulations of the existing apparatus of pragmatics, to critical manifestations of the application of broadly accepted and utilized theories. As the collection unfolds, the latter are first applied to the analysis of discourse genres and sub-genres, and later to the study of individual lexicogrammatical phenomena. Throughout the book, language examples draw on an extensive variety of discourses, from political oratory to children’s language.


ISBN (Softcover)
Pragmatik Aufsatzsammlung Political linguistic Sociolinguistic Social psychology Corpus linguistic Philosophy of language Discourse analysis Ethnography of communication
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 504 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Piotr Cap (Volume editor)

The Editor: Piotr Cap, born in 1970, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Pragmatics at the University of Łódź (Poland). He has been guest researcher at several European and American institutions, including UC Berkeley, the University of Birmingham and Boston University. His interests are primarily in linguistic pragmatics, discourse analysis, political rhetoric and methodology of linguistics. His major book publications include Explorations in Political Discourse (Peter Lang, 2002) and Analytic Determinism of the Study of Persuasive Discourse (Łódź University Press, 2003). Piotr Cap is chair of the international conference New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics (held biannually in Łódź) and editor-in-chief of the journal Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (LPP) published anually by Łódź University Press.


Title: Pragmatics Today