Citations and reviews

Dr Wharton’s 2009 book ‘Pragmatics and Non-Verbal Communication’ has been cited nationally and internationally and reviewed in a number of journals.

A most timely work… (N)ot only does Wharton achieve an innovative, brave and systematic re-analysis in coherence with the cognitive theoretic pragmatic paradigm he endorses, but also he raises many intriguing and stimulating questions, and suggests new and challenging directions for future work which will spark off much discussion and research.

(Padilla Cruz, M. (2010) Lodz Papers in Pragmatics,Vol. 5, No. 9: 293-305)

Meaning in face-to-face interaction is about more than words. This observation, which of course has been at the center of gesture studies since its beginnings, is still peripheral in some disciplinary circles. In the subfield of Gricean pragmatics, so-called “non-verbal” aspects of meaning have never been a focal concern, and it’s the aim of Tim Wharton’s book Pragmatics and Non-Verbal Communication to change that. It’s a worthwhile project… Scholars interested in the field of pragmatics will find their attention turned to a number of previously marginal phenomena; scholars interested in multimodal interaction will find central phenomena of interest given a fresh treatment.

(Cooperrider, K. (2011) Gesture, Vol 11, No. 1: 81-88)

His journal articles have received over 700 citations in journals/books straddling a range of disciplines, reflecting the cross-disciplinary nature of his work. A few recent examples include:

  • Jensen, M. (2016) Touchpoint management and interpersonal communication. In Studies in Media and Communication, Vol. Vol. 4, No. 1. Ontario, Canada: Redfame ISSN 2325-8071 E-ISSN 2325-808X
  • Scott-Phillips, T. C. (2015) Non-human primate communication, pragmatics and the origins of language. In Current Anthropology, Vol. 56, No. 1. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Giacomin, J. (2015) What is human centred design? The Design Journal: An International Journal for All Aspects of Design. Vol. 17, Issue 4. Taylor Francis Online: 606-623.
  • Leech, G. (2014) The Pragmatics of Politeness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Morley, I. (2013) The Prehistory of Music: Human Evolution, Archeology and the Origins of Musicality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Blakemore, D. (2011) On the descriptive ineffability of expressive meaning. In Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 43, Issue 14. Elsevier: 3537–3550.
  • Cross, I. and G. Woodruff (2008) Music as a communicative medium. In Botha, R. and C. Knight (eds.) The Prehistory of Language. Oxford: Oxford University: 77-99.
  • Green, M. (2008) Speech Acts, the Handicap Principle and the Expression of Psychological States. In Mind and Language, Vol. 29, Issue 4. Blackwell Publishing: 139-163.
  • Milne , C. and T. Otieno (2007) Understanding engagement: Science demonstrations and emotional energy. In Science Education, Vol. 91, Issue 4. Chichester: John Wiley and Son: 523-553.
  • de Ruiter, J. et al. (2010) Exploring the cognitive infrastructure of communication. In Interaction Studies. Vol. 11, Issue 1. Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 51-77.
  • Pell, M., L. Monetta, S. Paulmann, S Kotz (2009) Recognizing emotions in a foreign language. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. Vol. 3, 107-120. Springer.
  • Yus, F. (2011) Cyberpragmatics: internet mediated communication in context. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.