Context and Contexts: Parts Meet Whole?

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Anita Fetzer, Etsuko Oishi
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 238 pages
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This book departs from the premise that context represents a complex relational configuration which can no longer be conceived as an analytic prime but rather requires a parts-whole perspective to capture its inherent dynamism. The edited volume presents a collection of papers which examine the connectedness between context, contextualization and entextualization. They address the questions how meaning and speech acts are situated in context, how both are influenced by context, how context influences speech acts and meaning, how context is imported into the discourse, and how context is entextualized in discourse. The papers cover institutional and non-institutional contexts, the language of Greek laws, political discourse, confrontational media discourse and task-oriented face-to-face and back-to-back interactions. They reflect current moves in pragmatics and discourse analysis to cross disciplinary and methodological boundaries by integrating relevant premises and insights, in particular cognition, adaptive action, negotiation of meaning, sequentiality, recipient design and genre.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Situated meaning in context
9
The role of context in the interpretation of Greek laws
11
Hybrid discourse and discourse processes
41
Context and talk in confrontational discourses
67
Deixis in context
91
This? No that Constructing shared contexts in the conversational dyad
93
Strategic context importation in political discourse
115
Context contrast and the structure of discourse in Turkish
147
Communicative action in context
169
Speech acts in context
171
How are speech acts situated in context?
181
An adaptive perspective
205
Subject index
235
Author index
239
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