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date: 10 December 2019

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This chapter questions the accuracy of the contrast between an Anglo-American component view and a Continental European perspective view of pragmatics. The latter is described as a necessarily interdisciplinary approach to linguistic pragmatics as a general science of language use. The question of possible unity in this wide field is addressed, concentrating mainly on the notions of implicitness, variability, negotiability, and adaptability. The chapter concludes with reference to a dividing line that is deemed more important in the light of recent developments: the contrast between strongly Western-based conceptualizations of language use and views that are rooted in non-Western cultures and societies.

Keywords: pragmatics, Anglo-American, Continental European, component view, perspective view, implicitness, variability, negotiability, adaptability, interdisciplinarity

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