27th Nov 2013 4:30pm-6:30pm
Checkland Building, E513
Dr Billy Clark of Middlesex University's work in Post-Gricean pragmatics has tended to focus on how addressees make inferences when understanding acts of verbal and nonverbal communication.
Work in stylistics has tended to focus mainly on developing accounts of how texts have effects on readers. This talk explores ways in which work in pragmatic stylistics can extend the scope of both disciplines. I argue it can contribute to: accounts of formal criticism, interpretation and evaluation as well as those of how texts are spontaneously understood; accounts of what writers and editors (and speakers) do when producing texts as well as to what readers (and other audiences) do when responding to them; better understanding pedagogical contexts, and others, which develop the practice of writers (and speakers).