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Tue Jan 14 2003

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics: Beeching

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  1. paul, Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French

Message 1: Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French

Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 15:19:44 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French

Title: Gender, Politeness and Pragmatic Particles in French
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 104
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Kate Beeching, University of the West of England 

Hardback: ISBN: 158811256X, Pages: x, 251 pp., Price: USD 87.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253447, Pages: x, 251 pp., Price: EUR 87.00

This study aims to investigate politeness in womens and mens speech,
with a particular focus on the use of c'est-�-dire, enfin, hein and
quoi in contemporary spoken French. Politeness is defined as going
beyond the notion of the face-threatening act, englobing both everyday
ideas of politeness and the creation of sociability in face-to-face
interaction. The pragmatic particles studied are demonstrated to
serve both psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic purposes: they
lubricate reformulation and contribute to both sociability and social
indexation. The study, which combines qualitative and quantitative
analysis, is based on a corpus of spontaneous spoken French,
comprising 155,000 words, 95 interviews and subjects ranging in age
from 7 to 88 years. The sample contains speakers from a broader range
of educational backgrounds than is often the case: a butcher, a
video-salesman and a toiletteur canin rub shoulders with counter
assistants, teachers and doctors.

Lingfield(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): French (Language Code: FRN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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