Pragmatics of Society

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Gisle Andersen, Karin Aijmer
Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 718 pages
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Pragmatics of society takes a socio-cultural perspective on pragmatics and gives a broad view of how social and cultural factors influence language use. The volume covers a wide range of topics within the field of sociopragmatics. This subfield of pragmatics encompasses sociolinguistic studies that focus on how pragmatic and discourse features vary according to macro-sociological variables such as age, gender, class and region (variational pragmatics), and discourse/conversation analytical studies investigating variation according to the activity engaged in by the participants and the identities displayed as relevant in interaction. The volume also covers studies in linguistic pragmatics with a more general socio-cultural focus, including global and intercultural communication, politeness, critical discourse analysis and linguistic anthropology. Each article presents the state-of-the-art of the topic at hand, as well as new research.

 

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Contents

Introducing the pragmatics of society
1
I Social regional and situational factors
29
II The language system and pragmalinguistic features
135
III Pragmatic markers and the notion of speaker attitude
215
IV Different interpretational levels speech acts politeness and beyond
319
V Sequential patterns and activities
471
VI Pragmatics and the notion of culture
569
VII Pragmatics and the larger societal context
605
About the authors
689
Author index
695
Subject index
701
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Gisle Andersen, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NNH), Norway; Karin Aijmer, University of Gothenborg, Sweden.

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