Languages and Cultures in Contrast and Comparison

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María de los Ángeles Gómez González, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Elsa M. González Álvarez
John Benjamins Publishing, Jun 26, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 364 pages
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This volume explores various hitherto under-researched relationships between languages and their discourse-cultural settings. The first two sections analyze the complex interplay between lexico-grammatical organization and communicative contexts. Part I focuses on structural options in syntax, deepening the analysis of information-packaging strategies. Part II turns to lexical studies, covering such matters as human perception and emotion, the psychological understanding of home and abroad , the development of children s emotional life and the relation between lexical choice and sexual orientation. The final chapters consider how new techniques of contrastive linguistics and pragmatics are contributing to the primary field of application for contrastive analysis, language teaching and learning. The book will be of special interest to scholars and students of linguistics, discourse analysis and cultural studies and to those entrusted with teaching European languages and cultures. The major languages covered are Akan, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.
 

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Contents

Theme zones in contrast
3
Last things first
33
Contrastive perspectives on cleft sentences
69
The position of adverbials and the pragmatic organization of the sentence
89
part ii
121
Swedish verbs of perception from a typological and contrastive perspective
123
Abroad and semantically related terms in some European languages and in Akan Ghana
173
The expression of emotion in Italian and English fairy tales
193
Communicative tasks across languages
247
Linguistic theory and bilingual systems
275
Awareness of orthographic form and morphophonimic learning in EFL
299
Contrastive intonation and error analysis
327
Author index
355
Index of languages
359
Index of terms
361
The Pragmatics Beyond New Series
365

The feminine stereotype in gay characterization
221

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