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A Study of Pragmatic Presupposition in the Third Season of Desperate Housewives

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2024.070429 | Downloads: 5 | Views: 133


Zhu Yali 1


1 Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot, 010010, China

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Zhu Yali


This research explores the complex landscape of pragmatic presupposition within the third season of the widely acclaimed television series Desperate Housewives. Pragmatic presupposition, a fundamental concept in linguistic analysis, encompasses the implicit assumptions and implications inherent in utterances, guiding the process of interpretation. The third season of Desperate Housewives is selected as an ideal subject for investigating pragmatic presupposition due to its diverse array of characters and intricately woven plotlines. Through a meticulous and systematic analysis encompassing conversations, interactions, and character behaviors, this study endeavors to unveil the underlying presuppositions shaping communication dynamics within the series. A particular emphasis is placed on discerning triggers and interpretation of pragmatic presuppositions. This research aims to shed light on the nuanced functioning of pragmatic presupposition as a subtle yet potent instrument for conveying meaning and molding interpersonal communication dynamics. Additionally, the findings of this study significantly contribute to broadening the understanding of pragmatic presupposition within the domain of media discourse and narrative analysis. Ultimately, this study not only offers an intricate analysis of pragmatic presupposition within the context of Desperate Housewives but also provides valuable insights into the broader implications of pragmatic presupposition in real-life communication contexts, enriching our understanding of how language shapes and influences human interactions.


Presupposition; Desperate Housewives; presupposition triggers


Zhu Yali, A Study of Pragmatic Presupposition in the Third Season of Desperate Housewives. Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2024) Vol. 7: 198-206. DOI:


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