Spanish and Portuguese | Introduction to Hispanic Pragmatics
S508 | 26463 | C. Félix-Brasdefer

Professor César Félix-Brasdefer

S508	Introduction to Hispanic Pragmatics

TR 1:00pm – 2:15pm/section# 26463/3cr./Lcoation TBA

Pragmatics is broadly defined as the study of language in social
interaction and of the social contexts in which linguistic action
takes place. It examines the intentions of language users and how
discourse is interpreted by hearers. After examining the scope of
pragmatics and a description of basic concepts in the field, the
course will analyze how pragmatics relates to other areas of
linguistics such as semantics and syntax. Following this
introduction, the literature in pragmatic theory will be reviewed
and major topics in pragmatics will be examined, such as speech
acts, deixis, presupposition, information structure, and
implicature. The last component of the course examines these
concepts at the discourse level including an analysis of (im)
politeness, argumentative discourse, (in)directness, mitigation, and
conversation analysis.