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Pragmatics seen through the prism of society

Jacob L. Mey

pp. 15-41

What do we mean when we talk about pragmatics as seen through a societal prism? Is not pragmatics by definition soci(et)al? In this chapter, I explain my views on pragmatics, and highlight its societal character, interpreted as a commitment to and from the users" side. I especially look into the oppressive aspects of our language, and suggest ways and means to prevent such oppression, in an "emancipatory pragmatics," as it would be appropriate to call it.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-12616-6_2

Full citation:

Mey, J. L. (2016)., Pragmatics seen through the prism of society, in A. Capone & J. L. Mey (eds.), Interdisciplinary studies in pragmatics, culture and society, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 15-41.

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