Pragmatics and non-verbal communication

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The way we say the words we say helps us convey our intended meanings. Indeed, the tone of voice we use, the facial expressions and bodily gestures we adopt while we are talking, often add entirely new layers of meaning to those words. How the natural non-verbal properties of utterances interact with linguistic ones is a question that is often largely ignored. This book redresses the balance, providing a unique examination of non-verbal behaviours from a pragmatic perspective. It charts a point of contact between pragmatics, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, ethology and psychology, and provides the analytical basis to answer some important questions: How are non-verbal behaviours interpreted? What do they convey? How can they be best accommodated within a theory of utterance interpretation?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages219
ISBN (Electronic)0521870976
ISBN (Print)9780521691444
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • pragmatics
  • non-verbal communication
  • showing
  • interjections
  • natural codes
  • prosody
  • mindreading
  • relevance theory
  • conceptual-procedural distinction


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