Breaking Grice's Maxims: Enabling students to recognize and write subtext

Cowan, Billy (2018) Breaking Grice's Maxims: Enabling students to recognize and write subtext. National Association of Writers in Education Annual Conference 2017, 9-11th November 2017, York, 74, pp. 18-23, ISSN 1361-8539.

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In his influential Logic and Conversation (1975) Linguist H.P. Grice suggests that conversation is based on a shared principle of co-operation. Intrinsic to this principle are four maxims that underlie all human discourse. Borrowing from the study of semantics and Grice’s theory of Implicature, playwright Billy Cowan demonstrates how being conscious of these maxims, and then breaking, or even sticking to them religiously, can help students to better understand and write subtext.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Proceedings)
Additional Information: EHU Dept of English, History and Creative Writing funding to attend conference.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creative writing, implicature, Grice's maxims, subtext, teaching
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2018 11:20

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