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Journal of Pragmatics

ISSN: 0378-2166.

Linguistic pragmatics has been able to formulate a number of questions over the years that are essential to our understanding of language as people's main instrument of ''natural'' and ''societal'' interaction. By providing possible theoretical foundations for the study of linguistic practice, linguistic pragmatics has helped to increase our knowledge of the forms, functions, and foundations, of human interaction. The Journal of Pragmatics identifies with the above general scope and aims of pragmatics. The journal welcomes authoritative, innovative pragmatic scholarship from all practice oriented linguistic standpoints. It provides a forum for pragmatic studies in sociolinguistics, general linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, computational linguistics, applied linguistics and other areas of linguistic research. In addition it endeavours to narrow the distance between linguistics and such neighbouring disciplines as communication science (including the study of face-to-face interaction and nonverbal communication) information science (including artificial intelligence research and, in general, the theory and practice of machine-human interaction), psychiatry (including the study of schizophrenic speech), and neuropsychology, (including the study of speaking and reading disorders). The journal welcomes both those contributions originating in linguistics proper, and those taking neighboring, related fields as their point of departure.The Journal of Pragmatics publishes focus-on-issues on broad subject areas of general interest to different groups of readers e.g., Politeness across Cultures (1994), Discourse Strategies (1994), Syntactic Questions in Pragmatics (1994), Metaphor and Iconicity (1994), Pragmatic Studies in Non-Western Languages (1994) and Conversational Pragmatics (1994).''Special Issues'' devoted to a single topic are regularly published: Involvement in Language (1994) and Laying Down the Law - Discourse Analysis of Legal Institutions (1995). On the cognitive aspects of cinematic and visual discourse (1996).Selected abstracts from Journal of Pragmatics are available in Ampersand, the Elsevier Science linguistics newsletter.

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