Tim Wharton lectures and researches in linguistics.
His main interest is pragmatics, the study of utterance interpretation. He is the author of Pragmatics and Non-Verbal Communication (2009) and has particular interests in how the ‘natural’, non-linguistic properties of utterances interact with linguistic ones, and how they can both be integrated within a theory of communication.
Tim leads the development of research in linguistics at the University of Brighton.
For more information please visit Tim's personal website.
I am interested in pragmatics, the study of utterance interpretation. In particular, my research explores how ‘natural’, non-linguistic behaviours – tone of voice, facial expressions, gesture – interact with the linguistic properties of utterances (broadly speaking, the words we say). Natural behaviours help us convey our intended meanings and yet the question of how they interact with language is often ignored by linguists. My main theses are outlined in my 2009 book, Pragmatics and Non-Verbal Communication, which 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 natural behaviours interpreted? What do they convey? How can they be best accommodated within a theory of utterance interpretation?
My research increasingly reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of pragmatics. Here are a few examples:
I have a number of PhD students, who work on a range of issues: the communication of mathematics (this PhD has a creative practice component); the role of prosody in the development of pragmatic competence among L2 learners; the pragmatics of the 'Sit-Com'; lexical pragmatics and Chinese Netspeak; adopting a 'difference-not-deficit' approach to language-use among people with autism. All of these reflect my (well, our) interest in territories beyond those linguists and pragmatists traditionally seek to explore.
Please feel free to contact me with your proposal if you think you have something I might be interested in supervising.
Wharton, Tim (2016) Relevance In: Callan, H., ed. International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology: Anthropology Beyond text. John Wiley and sons, New York, USA. ISBN 9780470657225
Wharton, Tim (2016) Paralanguage In: Barron, A., Steen, G. and Yueguo, G., eds. The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics . Routledge, London, pp. 69-75. ISBN 9780415531412
Wharton, Tim (2015) That bloody so-and-so has retired: expressives revisited Lingua, 175-6. pp. 20-35. ISSN 0024-3841
Wharton, Tim (2014) What words mean is a matter of what people mean by them Linguagem em (Dis)curso, 14 (3). pp. 473-488. ISSN 1518-7632
Wharton, Tim (2012) Linguistic action theories of communication In: Schulz, Peter and Cobley, Paul, eds. Theories and models of communication. Handbooks of Communication Science, 1 . Mouton de Gruyter, Amsterdam, pp. 241-256. ISBN 9783110240450
Wharton, Tim (2012) Pragmatics and prosody In: Allen, Keith and Jaszczolt, Kasia, eds. The Cambridge handbook of pragmatics. Cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 567-585. ISBN 9780521192071
Wharton, Tim (2012) Prosody and meaning: theory and practice In: Romero-Trillo, Jesus, ed. Pragmatics, prosody and English language teaching. Educational linguistics . Springer, London, pp. 97-117. ISBN 9789400738829
Wharton, Tim (2011) Pragmatics and nonverbal communication: an exchange Gesture, 11 (3). pp. 383-394. ISSN 1568-1475
Wharton, Tim (2010) Recipes: beyond the words Gastronomica, 10 (4). pp. 67-73. ISSN 1529-3262
Wharton, Tim (2009) Pragmatics and non-verbal communication Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521691444
Wharton, Tim (2008) 'Meaning' and 'showing': Gricean intentions and relevance-theoretic intentions Intercultural Pragmatics, 5 (2). pp. 131-152. ISSN 1612-295X
Wharton, Tim (2006) The evolution of pragmatics In: Brown, K., ed. The Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ISBN 0080442994
Wharton, Tim (2003) Interjections, language and the 'showing/saying' continuum Pragmatics and Cognition, 11 (1). pp. 39-91. ISSN 0929-0907
Wharton, Tim (2003) Natural pragmatics and natural codes Mind & Language, 18. p. 447. ISSN 0268-1064