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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(23); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062304.

Analysis of Non-Cooperation in the Conversational Implicature of Wuthering Heights


Zhang Wen, Zhou Fenfen

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Zhang Wen

School of Humanities and Foreign Languages, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China


Wuthering Heights is the only novel written by Emily Bronte, a famous British writer in the 19th century, which has established her position in the history of English literature and world literature. The dialogue in the novel is the key to the plot development. Therefore, from the perspective of pragmatics, this paper analyzes dialogues by applying Grice's Cooperative Principle, making a profound analysis to find out real meanings expressed by the characters. Through the analysis, it can be clearly concluded that characters sometimes have to violate the Cooperative Principle in the dialogue in order to save face and avoid embarrassment.


Wuthering Heights; Conversational Implicature; Cooperative Principle

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Zhang Wen, Zhou Fenfen. Analysis of Non-Cooperation in the Conversational Implicature of Wuthering Heights. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 23: 23-29. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062304.


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