Book Announcement: Blind People’s Pragmatic Abilities

Blind People’s Pragmatic Abilities now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp280, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Blind People’s Pragmatic Abilities by Jolanta Sak-Wernicka.

This book offers an analysis of blind people’s pragmatic abilities. By exploring the impact of visual impairment on the interpretation of utterances, it identifies common ground between the pragmatic analysis of comprehension and visual impairment, and shows how the study of pragmatics can be enriched by the study of visual impairment.

It also investigates the role of accessible contextual cues and the effect of visual impairment on comprehension. Although it is generally accepted that context plays a crucial role in comprehension, it is still unknown what effect a lack (or insufficiency) of certain contextual information has on interpretation and mutual communication between people. This raises the question of whether people who are blind are equally competent and successful in interpreting spoken language as sighted people. Also, bearing in mind the specific difficulties and delays faced by blind children in social and linguistic development indicated in previous studies, it is worth exploring whether these initial difficulties are eventually overcome by blind adults. This book, in offering a satisfactory answer to this relevant question, is one of the very few publications devoted to the analysis of the pragmalinguistic consequences of blindness.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

Blind People’s Pragmatic Abilities can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Author

Jolanta Sak-Wernicka is Assistant Professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, having received a PhD in Linguistics in 2012, for which she was granted the Award of the Prime Minister of Poland. Her research interests concentrate on experimental and developmental pragmatics, disability studies, communication theory, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, discourse analysis, and conversational analysis.

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