Language and Meaning: The Structural Creation of Reality

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 225 pages
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This book illustrates the structuralist idea that language creates the reality we perceive. The data presented in this volume focus on the problematic issues of the passive construction and irregular (strong) verbs, with examples taken primarily from English with separate subsections on German and Russian. The author presents a new and different analysis of these complex topics which proceeds from the levels of form to meaning rather than the traditional and generative methodologies that follow the opposite path from meaning to form. This book will be of interest to all linguists who have ever confronted the controversial question of the interaction between lexical exceptions and grammatical rules. The scope of this volume is rather broad and it compares and contrasts text grammar versus sentence grammar in an innovative way.
  

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Contents

What is multilingual communication?
1
Towards an agenda for developing multilingual communication
19
Ad hocinterpreting and the achievement of communicative
43
The interaction ofspokenness and writtenness in audience design
63
Transitions from orality to literacy
87
Genremixing in business communication
115
Scaffolding
133
Codeswitching and worldswitching in foreign language
155
Intersentential codeswitching
179
Rapport management problems in ChineseBritish business
197
Being polite in multilingual settings
223
Modal expressions in Japanese and German planning discourse
281
A comparative analysis of Japanese and German complement
300
Author index
343
Subject index
349
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