am 11. Januar 2000
Students of linguistics, when they begin their university life, face a seemingly impenetrable chaos of different approaches and schools, sub-disciplines and objects of study. What is desperately needed then, are textbooks providing first insights into the various problems as well as literature that will help to master those fields that do not become a major interest, but remain part of the course requirements. The present volume is that book in Pragmatics. In seven clearly structured chapters, Levinson provides a step-by-step overview, introducing the reader to all relevant schools of thought and all the important issues. The author manages quite well not to confuse beginners and at the same time not to bore more advanced readers. Additionally, the logical arrangement of topics makes the book a useful volume of reference for exams and papers. A large bibliography, featuring the classics of the discipline as well as taking into account more recent sources, is the icing on this delicious cake. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
am 23. Mai 2000
I would highly recommend this very readable introduction to the pragmatic revolution in linguistics. The book is organized incredibly well with each chapter dealing with a curiously inexplicable lingusitic phenomenon that just happens to have a clean, pragmatic answer. Levinson weaves linguistic theory and philosophy of language well with a very readable format and style. I found it especially useful as a primer for recent philosophy of language.