ENG486 Issues in Pragmatics
Course Aims This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the key concepts in pragmatics, with a particular focus on applications of these concepts to real-life language communications. The course reviews basic pragmatic concepts and theories before discussing issues affecting their application in real-world contexts of communication. The course will focus on issues in pragmatics in English, although reference will be made to relevant features of Cantonese and Mandarin. Additionally, for their group projects students are encouraged to apply pragmatic theories to any of the languages used daily in the Hong Kong context (i.e. English, Cantonese and/or Mandarin).