English and drama

Pragmatics and Intercultural Pragmatics

Module code: Q3160B
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

You study linguistic pragmatics (the study of language in use) including: 

  • presupposition
  • conversational implicature
  • speech acts
  • conversational structure
  • politeness.

You also explore key current debates among pragmatic theorists, testing these ideas cross-culturally, and considering the implications for intercultural communication.

Module learning outcomes

  • Define and explain major questions and concepts in pragmatics with respect to more than one theoretical approach.
  • Implement their knowledge of pragmatics in the analysis of natural language data from a variety of cultures.
  • Be familiar with and be able to assess different methods of collecting and analysing cross-cultural data.
  • Identify and reflect upon sources of miscommunication and communicative success in intercultural interaction.