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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2019, 2(5); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.020506.

Analysis of the Violation of Cooperative Principle in Pride and Prejudice


Wenshu Zheng, Chenglin Wang

Corresponding Author:
Wenshu Zheng

College of Foreign Languages,Naval Aviation University, Yantai 264000, China


Based on the cooperative principle put forward by American linguistic philosopher Grice, with exemplification and explanation of the violation of four maxims, this research discusses the implications behind the literal meaning and conducts a further analysis of the semantic properties of true meaning. It is ubiquitous that large quantities of examples of conversational implicature are applied to conversations in Pride and Prejudice. Through a deep explanation and analysis of Pride and Prejudice, this research can gain an explicit understanding of characters’ personality, emotional expression and plot development. This research can provide readers with new techniques and methods to appreciate this novel through the analysis of the violation of the cooperative principle.


cooperative principle, violation, conversation implicature

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Wenshu Zheng, Chenglin Wang. Analysis of the Violation of Cooperative Principle in Pride and Prejudice. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2019) Vol. 2, Issue 5: 46-51. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.020506.


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