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Thu Jul 15 2004

Books: Discourse/Pragmatics: Wu

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  1. paul, Stance in Talk: Wu

Message 1: Stance in Talk: Wu

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:02:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: paul <>
Subject: Stance in Talk: Wu

Title: Stance in Talk
Subtitle: A conversation analysis of Mandarin final particles
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 117

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

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Author: Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu, San Diego State University

Hardback: ISBN: 9027253595, Pages: xvi, 260 pp., Price: EUR 99.00


Guided by the methodology of conversation analysis (CA), this book
explores how participants in Mandarin conversation display stance in
the unfolding development of action and interaction, and, in
particular, how this is accomplished through the use of two Mandarin
final particles. Through a close examination of the sequential
environments of these two particles and the interactional work
accomplished by their use, the research presented in this book seeks
to demonstrate how a participant-oriented, action-based micro approach
to data can help us gain analytic leverage in understanding the
functions and meanings of these particles -- an area which has long
posed a challenge to Chinese linguists. On the other hand, in
utilizing a CA-based framework applied to Mandarin, this study also
seeks to contribute to conversation analytic research by revealing
previously uninvestigated language-specific phenomena while at the
same time showing how talk-in-interaction in a non-western language,
i.e., Mandarin, can also display the same striking systematicity and
orderliness as observed in many western languages. As one of the
pioneering CA studies of Mandarin, this book will be of interest to
researchers in Chinese linguistics and conversation analysis, as well
as those in fields which touch upon the relationships between
languages and cultures.

Table of contents

Transcription conventions ix 
Glossing conventions xi 
Acknowledgements xiii 
1. Introduction 1--24 
2. Preliminaries and methodology 25--48 
3. Final ou 49--126 
4. Final a 127--232 
5. Conclusion 233--240 
References 241--251 
Name index 253 
Subject index 255

Lingfield(s):	Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s):	Chinese, Mandarin (Language code: CHN)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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