Pragmatics investigates the role of context in the interpretation of meaning. Pragmatics is a relatively young discipline in linguistics starting to develop in the 1970s. This course covers the topics of deixis, speech acts, conversational implicature, presupposition, conversational analysis, politeness theory and cultural pragmatics. The student will apply theoretical insights to the design of empirical projects. The ability of launching, conducting and evaluating empirical investigations is crucial in pragmatic research.