This book "fills the unquestionable need for a comprehensive and up-to-date handbook on the fast-developing field of pragmatics" and "includes contributions from many of the principal figures in a wide variety of fields of pragmatic research as well as some up-and-coming pragmatists."
The First Glot International State-of-the-Article book is a collection of overview articles which have previously been published in Glot International. They have been revised and updated, in which process special attention was given to the extensive bibliography, which constitutes an important part of each overview article. The articles offer an overview of the major developments of the past ten, fifteen years in a number sub-areas of linguistics. What were the main problems two decades ago? How has one gone about solving them? What solutions have been proposed? Which of these has survived till the present? What are the outstanding issues?