Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (COPE), 2nd Edition is an authoritative single-volume reference resource comprehensively describing the discipline of pragmatics, an important branch of natural language study which deals with the various implied meanings of a given idea imparted in speech. As a derivative volume from Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition , it comprises contributions from the foremost scholars of semantics in their various specializations and draws on 20 plus years of development in the parent work in a compact and affordable format. Principally intended for tertiary level inquiry and research, this will be invaluable as a reference work for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as academics inquiring into the study of meaning and meaning relations within languages. As pragmatics is a centrally important and inherently cross-cutting area within linguistics, it will therefore be relevant not just for meaning specialists, but for most linguistic audiences. This title is edited by Jacob Mey, a leading pragmatics specialist, and authored by experts. The latest trends in the field authoritatively reviewed and interpreted in context of related disciplines. This work is drawn from the richest, most authoritative, comprehensive and internationally acclaimed reference resource in the linguistics area. It features compact and affordable single volume reference format.