An Analysis of Conversational Implicature in Nirvana in Fire from the Perspective of Cooperative Principle


  • Fang Guo North China Electric Power University
  • Xin Li



    American linguistic philosopher P.Grice believes that in all the language communication activities, there is a tactic understanding between speakers and hearers to achieve a specific goal; and both sides should abide by the principle, that is Cooperative Principle. The Cooperative Principle includes four maxim: the maxim of quantity, the maxim of quality, the maxim of relation and the maxim of manner.    In people’s daily life, they do not always follow the Cooperative Principle during the communication. When they violate one of the maxim of the Cooperative Principle, there has the implicature. And only when the hearer shares the same knowledge with the speaker, the communication could moves smoothly.    In recent years, a variety of subjects Chinese TV series emerge . Especially, the historical TV plays become more and more popular around the world. Nirvana in Fire which was released in 2015 is well received. This story revolves around a young man Lin Shu who is devoted to revenging for his father and Chi Yan Army. The plots are ups and downs and at the same time the dialogue between the characters is also very characteristic.    In this thesis, the author mainly uses the theory of Cooperative Principle and implicature to analyze the dialogue in Nirvana in Fire. By analyzing the selected examples, we can better understand the character, the plot and the theme .    Due to the limitation of the material and the current competence of the author, the selected examples are mainly classical examples. In case study, the author analyzes the every maxims of violating the Cooperative Principle to help the readers better understand the characteristics of the characters and the development of the plot. Meanwhile, the author also hopes to help the readers know more about Grice’s Cooperative Principle and Conversational Implicature.    Key words:  Nirvana in Fire, Dialogue, The violation of maxims, Cooperative Principle, Conversational Implicature


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