discourse pragmatics

Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft / Anglistik

discourse pragmatics

This project is based on the premise that interlocutors perform communicative action with discourse and in discourse, delimiting discourse from context on the one hand, and from arbitrarily concatenated discursive parts on the other. Their patterned linearisation is constrained by (1) the semantics and pragmatics of the constitutive discourse units, (2) the semantics and pragmatics of the joints, metaphorically speaking, and (3) the semantics and pragmatics of discourse-as-a-whole, demonstrating that the whole is always more than the sum of its constitutive parts.


  • Fetzer, Anita. 2018. Discourse Pragmatics: Communicative Action Meets Discourse Analysis. In Ilie, Cornelia & Norrick, Neal (eds.). Pragmatics and its Interfaces. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2017. The dynamics of discourse: quantity meets quality. In Cap, Piotr & Dynel, Marta. eds. Implicitness: From Lexis to Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 235-257.
  • Oishi, Etsuko & Fetzer, Anita. 2016. Expositives in discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 96: 49-59.
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2016. Pragmemes in discourse. In Allan, Keith et al. (eds.). Pragmemes and Theories of Language Use. Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology. Cham: Springer, 249-264.
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2014. Conceptualizing discourse. In Schneider, Klaus & Barron, Anne (eds.) Handbooks of Pragmatics. The Pragmatics of Discourse. Vol. 3. Berlin: de Gruyter, 35-61.
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2013. The structuring of discourse. In Sbisà, Marina & Turner, Ken (eds.). Handbooks of Pragmatics. The Pragmatics of Speech Actions. Vol. 2. Berlin: de Gruyter, 685-711.
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2013. The pragmatics of discourse. Topics in Linguistics 11: 5-12.
  • Fetzer, Anita (ed.) 2013. The Pragmatics of Political Discourse. Explorations across Cultures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2012. Textual coherence as a pragmatic phenomenon. In Allan, Keith & Jaszczolt, Kasia (eds.). Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 447-467.
  • Weizman, Elda & Fetzer, Anita (eds.). 2011. The discourse of redundancy. Special issue of Language Sciences 33(2).
  • Fetzer, Anita. 2008. Theme zones in English media discourse. Forms and functions. Journal of Pragmatics 40(9): 1543-1568.