Pragmatics II

This course is part of the programme
Master in SL studies - Linguistics

Objectives and competences

• Students are acquinted with major topics in the domain of pragmatics which fall outside the scope of Pragmatics I.
• The course focuses on current research in
Pragmatics and stimulates original student work in the field.


Formal foundations of linguistic theory; Pragmatics I


This course is intended as a continuation of Pragmatics I which serves as an introduction to the field. In more formal detail, students are acquinted with current trends in topics like implicature, presupposition, experimental pragmatics, context dependence, speech acts.

Intended learning outcomes

Students acquire in-depth amalyses of language phenomena from the pragmatic and semantic-pragmatic domain within the following topics:

context dependence and contextual veriables;
acquiring pragmatics rules and processing pragmatic inferences;
speech acts.


Horn, L. in G. Ward (eds.) 2004. The handbook of pragmatics. Blackwell.
Kadmon, Nirit. 2001. Formal Pragmatics: Semantics, Pragmatics, Presupposition, and Focus.
Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Levinson, S. 2000. Presumptive meanings: The theory of generalized conversational implicature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Novek, I. in D. Sperber (eds). 2006. Experimental pragmatics. Palgrave Macmillan.
Sauerland, U. in K. Yatsushiro (eds.). 2009. Semantics and Pragmatics. Palgrave Macmillan.

Članki iz relevantnih znanstvenih revij, ki obravnavajo pragmatično področje.


• attendance and active class participation; • two homework assignments; • final written exam.

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.

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STEPANOV, Arthur, STATEVA, Penka. Successive cyclicity as residual wh-scope marking. Lingua, ISSN 0024-3841. [Print ed.], dec. 2006, vol. 116, no. 12, str. 2107-2153.
STATEVA, Penka. On the status of parasitic gaps in Bulgarian. Journal of Slavic linguistics, ISSN 1068-2090, 2005, vol. 13, no. 1, str. 137-155. [COBISS.SI-ID 1154811]
STATEVA, Penka. Possessive clitics and the structure of nominal expressions. Lingua, ISSN 0024-3841. [Print ed.], Aug. 2002, vol. 112, no. 8, str. 647-690, doi: 10.1016/S0024-3841(01)00066-3. [COBISS.SI-ID 1150203]