Folk Pragmatics

Authored by: Dennis R. Preston , Nancy Niedzielski

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
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Folk linguistics (FL) is the study of what non-linguists believe about language, and it has been an area of interest at least since Polle (1889). We consider every approach (psycholinguistic, historical, sociolinguistic, etc.) and every level (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.) open to FL, and, as in all modern studies of ethnographic belief and practice, there is no caricature of the folk as unintelligent or backward; they are simply not professionals, and the data gathered from them may correspond to scientific knowledge, be at odds with it, or even involve areas that scientific approaches have not touched on.

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