The Pragma-Crafting Theory: A Proposed Theoretical Framework for Pragmatic Analysis
Authors: Acheoah John Emike
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This paper proposes a new theoretical framework for the analysis of discourse. Thus, this paper
presents the Pragma-crafting Theory to explain discourse from a more comprehensive and integrative perspective.
Insights from research in pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and semiotics give this study direction.
Two super-ordinate concepts in the theory are EVENT and TEXT. The former consists of interactive and noninteractive
participants while the latter consists of setting, theme and p-crafting features. Therefore, the theory is
particularly an extension of Mey (2001). On the whole, the present study finds out that an all-encompassing
analysis of communicative events presupposes the explanation of the interaction between communication acts
(speech acts, segmental features, supra-segmental features, phones, exclamations, lyrical and non-lyrical music, sociolinguistic variables, drumming, semiotic particulars, etc.) and communication features such as indexicals,shared macro-knowledge, shared contextual knowledge, shared knowledge of emergent context, geoimplicature,contextual implicature and other P-crafting features.