Table of Contents

Introduction: the pragmatic perspective / Jef Verschueren.
Adaptability / Jef Verschueren & Frank Brisard.
Channel / Stef Slembrouck.
Communication / Peter Harder.
Context and contextualization / Peter Auer.
Conversational logic / Robin Tolmach Lakoff.
Deixis / Jack Sidnell.
Implicitness / Marcella Bertuccelli Papi.
Non-verbal communication / Lluís Payrató.
Presupposition / Francesca Delogu.
Primate communication / Michael Tomasello.
Semiotics / Christiane Andersen.
Speech act theory / Marina Sbisà. The ten volumes of Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights focus on the most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While the other volumes select specific philosophical, cognitive, grammatical, social, cultural, variational, interactional, or discursive angles, this first volume reviews basic notions that pervade the pragmatic literature, such as deixis, implicitness, speech acts, context, and the like. It situates the field of pragmatics, broadly defined as the cognitive, social, and cultural science of lang.