Laurence R. Horn
Term: Spring 2020
LING 275 Pragmatics
Speakers often mean things they don’t say, but how does a hearer figure out what the speaker meant? Which sentences are designed to change the world rather than just to represent it? How are sentences used to mean different things in different contexts? Pragmatics explores the relations between what is said and what is meant, focusing on how speech acts and the principles of “street logic”—presuppositions and implicatures—help speakers and hearers shape the landscape of a conversation.
No formal prerequisites, but some familiarity with linguistics or philosophy of language will help on some of the readings.