Spanish and Portuguese | Themes in Hispanic Linguistics
S712 | 4339 | C. Félix-Brasdefer

Professor César Félix-Brasdefer

S712	Seminar: Themes in Hispanic Linguistics
	Topic: Cross-Cultural Pragmatics

TR 4:00pm – 5:15pm/section 4339/Authorize/3 cr./Ballantine Hall 138

Pragmatics is broadly defined as the study of language in social
interaction and of the social contexts in which linguistic action
takes place. Cross-cultural pragmatics is the study of linguistic
action in different cultures. In this seminar, we will begin by
reviewing basic concepts in pragmatics as it relates to other areas
of linguistics. Following this introduction, we will critically
review the literature on two theoretical approaches to pragmatics:
speech act theory and politeness theory. We will then discuss recent
empirical studies which investigate key concepts on cross-cultural
pragmatics including: speech acts, politeness systems, linguistic
politeness, mitigation, indirectness, conversational implicature,
turn-taking in conversation, and issues regarding the syntax-
pragmatics interface. Finally, we will analyze empirical data in
English and in different varieties of Spanish (Latin American and
Peninsular) in light of pragmatic theories which attempt to explain
human interaction in social contexts.