Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication - LL548

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR E Kapogianni







This module employs specific theoretical frameworks within the area of Pragmatics (Neo-/Post-Gricean theories, Speech Act Theory, Interpersonal Pragmatics) in order to discuss issues of intercultural communication. It covers phenomena such as indexicality, (im)politeness, humour, non-literal language, while also discussing a range of discourse situations (classroom, business, media).


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

• Field Notes (4 entries x 250 words) – 25%
• Group Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
• Case Study (1,500 words) – 55%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Birner, B. (2012). Introduction to Pragmatics. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
Culpeper, J., M. Haugh and D. Z. Kadar (eds). (2017). The Palgrave handbook of linguistic (Im)politeness. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Holliday, A., J. Kullman and M. Hyde. (2016). Intercultural Communication: An Advanced Resource Book for Students. Third Edition. London: Routledge (Routledge Applied Linguistics)
Kesckes, I. (2013). Intercultural Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Piller, I. (2017). Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Samovar, L., R. E. Porter, E.R. McDaniel, C. Sexton Roy. (2014). Intercultural Communication: A Reader. 14th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing
Spencer-Oatey, H. and P. Franklin. (2009). Intercultural Interaction: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intercultural Communication. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of central concepts in Pragmatics, recognising different theoretical frameworks within the discipline;
Recognise and evaluate different methodological processes that are used to answer questions regarding intercultural communication;
Identify the challenges and potential biases in the study of intercultural communication, critically reflecting upon the related discourses;
Carry out a pragmatic analysis of real-life data in order to answer questions regarding intercultural communication.

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