Pragmatics


Podcasts and other audio files

  • The Power of Language

"Saying what you mean is not always simple. Meaning what you say can be tricky too." In the third report in her series on power, NPR's Susan Stamberg talks with linguist Deborah Tannen about the power of language -- in politics, at work and in the home.

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  • Language in Action
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The program Philosophy talk questions everything. In this Podcast Ken Taylor (Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University) and John Perry (Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University) together with Dan Sperber (social and cognitive scientist at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris) tackle the semantics, pragmatics and mysteries of meaning. Among others they are dealing with the following questions:

  • How do we communicate ideas with language?
  • Where does the literal meaning of a word end and the subtle connotation begin?


  • Crosscultural Communication

Prof. William Foley from the University of Sydney, Australia, introduces his Master Course Cross Cultural Communication and thereby touches upon issues like turn taking, stereotypes and politeness.


  • Real English Conversations: Cultural Differences
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In this conversation, Michael and Lori discuss how native speakers use fillers such as “umm” and “uh” and “mmm hmm” in conversations, and how these fillers are not always the same in different cultures.