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Book: Explorations in Stylistics

Chapter: The pragmatics of co-operation and politeness in two extracts from Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21968


In this chapter the author shows how pragmatic theory, most obviously the Co-operative Principle, the Politeness Principle and negative face, but also aspects of conversational analysis such as pre-sequences and categories of silence, can be useful tools in the stylistics of drama.

Chapter Contributors

  • Andrew Goatly ( - book-auth-316) 'Lingnan University'