An Analysis of the Linguistic Features of The Minister’s Black Veil from the Perspective of Literary Pragmatics

Xin Qiu (Foshan University)


The Minister’s Black Veil is one of the most classic short stories written by American romantic writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), From the perspective of literary pragmatics, this paper analyzes the language features of the novel, such as words and sentences, grammar, semantic ambiguity, rhetoric and conversational implicature based on cooperative principle, so as to explore the superb writing style and literary art of the novel, better understand and appreciate this literary work, and provide a new perspective and reference for the study of British and American literature Direction.


Literary pragmatics; Linguistic features; Semantic ambiguity; Rhetoric; Conversational implicature

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