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Books: Pragmatics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics: Evidentiality and Epist. Stance/Linguistic Politeness

Message 1: Pragmatics: Evidentiality and Epist. Stance/Linguistic Politeness

Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 16:13:57 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatics: Evidentiality and Epist. Stance/Linguistic Politeness

John Benjamins Publishing is please to present two new works in Pragmatics:

Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance
Narrative Retelling
Ilana MUSHIN (University of Melbourne)

US & Canada: 1 58811 033 8 / USD 82.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5106 1 / NLG 180.00 / EUR 81.68 (Hardcover)

This book explores the discourse pragmatics of reportive evidentiality
in Macedonian, Japanese and English through an empirical study of
evidential strategies in narrative retelling. The patterns of
evidential use (and non-use) found in these languages are attributed
to contextual, cultural and grammatical factors that motivate the
adoption of an 'epistemological stance' - a concept that owes much to
recent trends in Cognitive Linguistics. The patterns of evidential
strategies found in the three languages provide a fine illustration of
the balancing act between speakers' expressions of their own
subjectivity, their motivations to tell a coherent and exciting story,
and their motivations to be faithful retellers of someone elses'
story. These pressures are further complicated by the grammatical and
pragmatic conventions that are particular to each language.
Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance: narrative retelling will
appeal to those interested in evidentiality, grammar and pragmatics,
cross-linguistics discourse analysis, linguistic subjectivity and
narrative. Pragmatics & Beyond NS 87 2001. xviii, 244 pp. -

Linguistic Politeness Across Boundaries The case of Greek and Turkish
Arin BAYRAKTAROGLU (Cambridge Centre for Language and
Maria SIFIANOU (University of Athens) (eds.)

US & Canada: 1 58811 0400 / USD 114.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5107 X / NLG 250.00 /EUR 113.45 (Hardcover)

This volume includes 14 papers investigating politeness phenomena in
Greece and Turkey, the cultural cross-roads of Europe, Asia and the
Middle East. It reflects current research and provides observations of
and findings in patterns of linguistic politeness in a geographical
area other than the much studied English speaking ones. The book
appeals to professionals and students interested in a broader
perspective of language use in its social context. Articles in the
collection are empirically rather than theoretically oriented and
examine realisations of politeness in relation to social
parameters. The chapters have been arranged in pairs (Greek/Turkish),
treating the following related issues: firstly a more general
ethnographic picture of the two societies, the variables of
power/status in classroom and other interaction, solidarity in
advice-giving and the use of approbatory expressions, service
encounters and the differential use of language by males and females,
the use of interruptions in television talk, and finally compliments.
Contributions by: Eleni Antonopoulou; Ar(i)n Bayraktaro(g)lu; Yasemin
Bayyurt; G�rkan Do(g)an; Seran Do(g)an(c)ay-Aktuna; Ren�e Hirschon;
Sibel Kam(i)sl(i); Marianthi Makri-Tsilipakou, Theodossia-Soula
Pavlidou; S�kriye Ruhi; Maria Sifianou; Angeliki Tzanne; Alev
Yemenici; Deniz Zeyrek. Pragmatics & Beyond NS 88 2001. xiv, 439 pp.

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