An Analysis of the Personalities in Love Is a Fallacy From the Perspective of Cooperative Principle


  • Jinshuai Dong Chongqing Normal University
  • Xiangmeng Deng Chongqing Normal University
  • Yan Wang Chongqing Normal University



Cooperative Principle, violation, personality, Love Is a Fallacy


Pragmatics, closely related to the literature, serves as an effective tool for studying and appreciating literary works. From the perspective of Cooperative Principle, this study analyzes the conversation in Love Is a Fallacy with an aim to help readers to systematically decode the characters’ personalities. The results of the analysis indicate that vivid personalities have been successfully portrayed through characters’ violation of Cooperative Principle, but Polly only violated the maxims of quantity and relation as a result of her simpleness and ignorance, which offers different perspectives in critically interpreting the female images in Shulman’s works.

Author Biographies

Jinshuai Dong, Chongqing Normal University

School of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Xiangmeng Deng, Chongqing Normal University

School of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Yan Wang, Chongqing Normal University

School of Foreign Languages and Literatures


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