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Books: Pragmatics & Discourse (Modified #12.613-2)

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Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 11:29:45 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Pragmatics & Discourse: Modified Issue #12.613-2


John Benjamins Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of the
following two new works in Pragmatics & Discourse:
	
Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay.
A contrastive study of requests and apologies.
Rosina M�RQUEZ REITER (The University of Surrey)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 83
US & Canada: 1 58811 015 X / USD 95.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5102 9 / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)
	
The first well-researched contrastive pragmatic analysis of requests
and apologies in British English and Uruguayan Spanish. It takes the
form of a cross-cultural corpus-based analysis using male and female
native speakers of each language and systematically alternating the
same social variables in both cultures. 

The data are elicited from a non-prescriptive open role-play yielding
requests and apologies. The analysis of the speech acts is based on an
adaptation of the categorical scheme developed by Blum-Kulka et al.
(1989). 

The results show that speakers of English and Spanish differ in their
choice of (in)directness levels, head-act modifications, and the
politeness types of males and females in both cultures. Reference to
an extensive bibliography and the thorough discussion of
methodological issues concerning speech act studies deserve the
attention of students of pragmatics as well as readers interested in
cultural matters.
	

	
Grounding in English and Arabic News Discourse.
Esam N. KHALIL (University of Nijmegen)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 82
US & Canada: 1 55619 982 1 / USD 90.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world:90 272 5101 0 / NLG 180.00 (Hardcover)
	
Grounding in English and Arabic News Discourse explores the discourse
notion of grounding (viz. the foreground-background structure), and
examines it in the various structures that occur in short news
texts. A text-level approach to grounding and the differentiation
between several core concepts relating to the various textual and
non-textual structures, distinguish the book from other approaches in
the field.

A corpus-based analysis focuses on sentence-initial expressions and
examines the grounding-signalling function of several markers in both
English and Arabic. The analysis captures constraints on the
occurrence of particular markers, and the extensive illustrative
examples explain the strategies that writers employ to cope with
problems of recasting grounding-values in news texts. The author also
shows how the failure to signal appropriate grounding-values is
likewise associated with the failure to deliver the appropriate type
of text. Grounding is a relatively unexplored area of investigation
in Arabic (text)lingusitics, and the study identifies a series of
previously unrecognized language features, highlighting the discourse
pragmatic function that syntax serves.

The book will be invaluable to researchers and students of discourse,
pragmatics, contrastive rhetoric, and communication. It will also be
of interest to all those involved in translation and intercultural
studies.
	
	
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