LINGUIST List 12.250

Tue Jan 30 2001

Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics & Discourse: Metarepresentation, English Media Texts

Message 1: Pragmatics & Discourse: Metarepresentation, English Media Texts

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 10:35:39 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatics & Discourse: Metarepresentation, English Media Texts

John Benjamins Publishing announces two new works in the rather wide field 
of Pragmatics and Discourse:

Metarepresentation. A relevance-theory approach.
Eun-Ju NOH (University College London)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 69
US & Canada: 1 55619 947 3 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5084 7 / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover)

Eun-Ju Noh's book provides a close look at linguistic
metarepresentation showing how beliefs, utterances, and propositions
are represented and how they are inferred. The author explains how
metarepresentation works in various types of uses: quotations,
negation, echo questions, and conditionals in terms of truth
conditions and pragmatic enrichment. Ample examples are provided from
the English language.

The relevance-theory approach gives room for extralinguistic
parameters to be considered, and suggestions are made for further
research in cross-linguistic studies and metarepresentation.


English Media Texts - Past and Present. Language and textual structure.
Friedrich UNGERER (University of Rostock) (ed.)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 80
US & Canada: 1 55619 798 5 / USD 95.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5099 5 / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)

This book is among the first to combine a historical view of media
texts with a critical look at their textual diversity today. The
thirteen chapters cover corpora of early news-papers and pamphlets,
present-day news stories and commentaries, TV talk shows and
commercials as well as internet presentations. The studies focus on
the wide range of text types in 18th century newspapers and the
interpersonal strategies of pamphlets; they pursue the development of
the persuasive potential of headlines and advertisements right down to
the sophisticated postmodernist and multilingual examples of
today. Other topics are the definition and structure of news stories
and commentaries, the interpersonal and multi-modal aspects of
talkshows, and more radically, the questioning of the journalist's
role in the age of the internet. Generally the stress is on the
attention-getting side of media texts rather than on the manipulative
qualities investigated by critical discourse analysis.

Contributions by: 
Renate Bugyi-Ollert; Claudia Claridge; Hans-J�rgen Diller; Udo Fries
and Peter Schneider; Wolfgang Falkner; Sabine Gieszinger; Sonja
Kleinke; Magnus Ljung; Ingrid Piller; Kristina Schneider; Anne-Marie
Simon-Vandenbergen; Friedrich Ungerer; Torben Vestergaard.

 John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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