The Pragmatics of Fiction: Literature, Stage and Screen Discourse (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language - Advanced) (Paperback)

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Drawing on a wide range of fictional texts from Shakespeare and Austen to Game of Thrones and the lyrics of 'We Shall Overcome', this textbook shows how pragmatic analyses can uncover the performative elements that create and shape characters for an audience.

By exploring fictional language, the book investigates different forms of interpersonal communication, such as politeness and impoliteness, as well as the nature of poetic language and the language of emotion. With exercises, discussion topics, suggestions for small-scale research projects and further reading, it shows just how fascinating a challenge fictional language can pose to pragmatics, and illustrates the richness of fictional language as a source of data for pragmatic research.

About the Author


Miriam A. Locher is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Andreas H. Jucker is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474447942
ISBN-10: 1474447945
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language - Advanced