LINGUIST List 11.767

Tue Apr 4 2000

Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics & Discourse: L. Arnovick, F. Cooren, A. Tzanne

Message 1: Pragmatics & Discourse: L. Arnovick, F. Cooren, A. Tzanne

Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 15:00:06 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatics & Discourse: L. Arnovick, F. Cooren, A. Tzanne

John Benjamins Publishing is pleased to announce three new books in field 
of Pragmatics & Discourse:

Diachronic Pragmatics.
Seven case studies in English illocutionary development.
Leslie ARNOVICK (University of British Columbia)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 68
US & Canada:1 55619 946 5 / USD 65.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5083 9 / NLG 130.00 (Hardcover)

The purpose of Diachronic Pragmatics is to exemplify historical
pragmatics in its twofold sense of constituting both a subject matter
and a methodology. This book demonstrates how diachronic pragmatics,
with its complementary diachronic function-to-form mapping and
diachronic form-to-function mapping, can be used to trace pragmatic
developments within the English language. Through a set of case
studies it explores the evolution of such speech acts as promises,
curses, blessings, and greetings and such speech events as flyting and
sounding. Collectively these "illocutionary biographies" manifest the
workings of several important pragmatic processes and trends:
increased epistemicity, subjectification, and discursization (a
special kind of pragmaticalization). It also establishes the
centrality of cultural traditions in diachronic reconstruction,
examining various de-institutionalizations of extra-linguistic context
and their affect on speech act performance.

Taken together, the case studies presented in Diachronic Pragmatics
highlight the complex interactions of formal, semantic, and pragmatic
processes over time. Illustrating the possibilities of historical
pragmatic pursuit, this book stands as an invitation to further
research in a new and important discipline.

The Organizing Property of Communication.
Fran�ois COOREN (University at Albany, State University of New York)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 65
US & Canada: 1 55619 943 0 / USD 50.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5079 0 / NLG 100.00 (Hardcover)

What is an organization? What are the building blocks that ultimately
constitute this social form, so pervasive in our daily life? Like
Augustine facing the problem of time, we all know what an organization
is, but we seem unable to explain it. This book brings an original
answer by mobilizing concepts traditionally reserved to linguistics,
analytical philosophy, and semiotics. Based on Algirdas Julien
Greimas? semio-narrative model of action and Jacques Derrida?s
concept of �criture, a reconceptualization of speech act theory is
proposed in which communication is treated as an act of delegation
where human and nonhuman agents are mobilized (texts, machines,
employees, architectural elements, managers, etc.). Perfectly
congruent with the last development of the sociology of translation
developed by Michel Callon and Bruno Latour, this perspective
illustrates the organizing property of communication through a process
called 'interactoriality'. Jacques Lacan used to say that the
unconscious is structured like a language. This book shows that a
social organization is structured like a narrative.

Talking at Cross-Purposes.
The dynamics of miscommunication.
Angeliki TZANNE,
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 62
US & Canada: 1 55619 940 6 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5076 6 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

Misunderstandings have been examined extensively in studies on
cross-cultural (mis-)communication which associate them with
participants' differing cultural backgrounds and/or linguistic
knowledge. Drawing on a large corpus of misunderstandings from cross-
and intra-cultural encounters, this book argues that miscommunication
does not relate exclusively to participants' background differences or
similarities, but that its creation and development are tightly
interwoven with the dynamic manner in which social encounters
unfold. Against a backdrop of Pragmatics, Conversation Analysis and
Goffman's theory of frames and roles, the volume discusses a large
number of misunderstandings and shows that they are associated with
the constant identity and activity shifts as well as with the
turn-by-turn construction of interpretative context in interaction.

Besides students and researchers of pragmatics, conversation analysis
and sociolinguistics, this book will also appeal to all those
interested in the process of making, misinterpreting and clarifying
meaning in social interaction.

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