Steven Davis, ed., Pragmatics: A Reader. Oxford: At the University Press, 1991, pp. viii + 595. It is a matter for some surprise that the subdiscipline of linguistics that goes by the name of pragmatics should have taken so long to acquire the normal accoutrements of normal science. Levinson (1983), Green (1989) and more recently Blakemore (1992) can be cited äs textbooks, and the Journal of Pragmatics can be seen äs the trade magazine but this inventory is very small scale indeed when compared with other inquiries, such äs syntax, certainly, and to a lesser extent, semantics, which take up yards of library self-space. This paucity of usual accoutrements inevitably results in a certain detectable nervousness and insecurity amongst the research population. 'What exactl/, we hear them whispering in quiet corners of the corridor, cis it that we are supposed to be doing?' (cf. Verschueren nd). It is therefore with some gratitude that we turn to Steven Davis for editing a first collection of canonical texts the knowledge of which any seif respecting pragmaticist should have, presumably, at his or her fingertips. What, then, is the editor's perspective on this essential knowledge? What ^are the canonical texts? Davis
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