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Pragmatics, A Resource Book For Students, 4th Edition

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4th Edition

Joan Cutting , Kenneth Fordyce

ISBN 9780367207250

Published November 26, 2020 by Routledge

314 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations


Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries, and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two-dimensional’ structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration, and extension – that offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to gradually build on the knowledge gained.


Now in its fourth edition, this best-selling textbook:

  • Covers the core areas of the subject: speech acts, the cooperative principle, relevance theory, corpus pragmatics, politeness theory, and critical discourse analysis
  • Has updated and new sections on intercultural and cross-cultural pragmatics, critical discourse analysis and the pragmatics of power, second language pragmatic competence development, impoliteness, post-truth discourse, vague language, pragmatic markers, formulaic sequences, and online corpus tools
  • Draws on a wealth of texts in a variety of languages, including political TV interviews, newspaper articles, extracts from classic novels and plays, recent international films, humorous narratives, and exchanges on email, messaging, 
  • Provides recent readings from leading scholars in the discipline, including Jonathan Culpeper, Lynne Flowerdew, and César Félix-Brasdefer
    Is accompanied by eResources featuring extra material and activities.
  • Written by two experienced teachers and researchers, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language and linguistics.



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