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

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNot Known
    Pages18-23
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Mar 2018
    EventNational Association of Writers in Education Annual Conference - York, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Nov 201711 Nov 2017

    Conference

    ConferenceNational Association of Writers in Education Annual Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityYork
    Period9/11/1711/11/17

    Keywords

    • Creative writing
    • implicature
    • Grice's maxims
    • subtext
    • teaching

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