Contrastive Pragmatics

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Karin Aijmer
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 182 pages
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We have recently seen a broadening of pragmatics to new areas and to the study of more than one language. This is illustrated by the present volume on Contrastive Pragmatics which brings together a number of articles originally presented at the 10th International Pragmatics Conference in Göteborg in 2007. The contributions deal with pragmatic phenomena such as speech acts, discourse markers and modality in different language pairs using theoretical approaches such as politeness theory, Conversation Analysis, Appraisal Theory, grammaticalization and cultural textology. Also discourse practices and genres may differ across cultures as illustrated by the study of TV news shows in different countries. Contrastive pragmatics also includes the comparative study of pragmatic phenomena from a foreign language perspective, a new area with implications for language teaching and intercultural communication. The contributions to this volume were originally published in Languages in Contrast 9:1 (2009).
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Individual contributions
2
References
4
Modality and engagement in British and German political interviews
5
The intersubjective function of modal adverbs
23
Intersubjective positioning in French and English
37
Challenges in contrast
73
Interruption in advanced learner French
97
Closeness and distance
123
The nominative and infinitive in English and Dutch
143
Index
181
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Karin Aijmer is Professor Emerita in English Linguistics in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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