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LINGUIST List 16.2926

Mon Oct 10 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics,Chinese:Jing-Schmidt

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Dramatized Discourse: Jing-Schmidt


Message 1: Dramatized Discourse: Jing-Schmidt
Date: 05-Oct-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Dramatized Discourse: Jing-Schmidt


Title: Dramatized Discourse
Subtitle: The Mandarin Chinese ba-construction
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 56
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2056

Author: Zhuo Jing-Schmidt, University of Cologne
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215650 Pages: xxii, 337 Price: U.S. $ 156.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215650 Pages: xxii, 337 Price: Europe EURO 130.00
Abstract:

Language is a symbolic system of meanings evoked by linguistic forms. The
choice of forms in communication is non-arbitrary. Rather, speakers pick
those forms whose meanings best convey their discourse intention. The
meaning of the Mandarin ba-construction, argues Jing-Schmidt, is discourse
dramaticity, a concept that includes high conceptual salience and
subjectivity. The ba-construction and its "syntactic variations" are never
interchangeable because contrast in their meanings determines difference in
their functions. Quantitative analyses based on authentic data validate the
postulation of discourse dramaticity. By taking discourse pragmatics
seriously, the dramaticity hypothesis enables a unitary explanation that
transcends sentence grammar.

The diachronic treatment reveals the syntactic change of the
ba-construction as an adaptive process of pragmatization, which raises the
issue of linguistic evolution as a result of socio-cultural development.

This book will be of particular value to readers interested in the
interaction between grammar and pragmatics and to teachers confronting the
controversy of the ba-construction in foreign language pedagogy.

Table of contents

Preface xi-xii
Acknowledgements xiii-xv
List of Figures and Tables xvii-xviii
Notational Conventions xix
Abbreviations xxi-xxii
1. Introduction 1-11
2. Database 13-15
3. The syntax of the ba-construction: Overview 17-66
4. Previous approaches 67-112
5. The hypothesis of discourse dramaticity 113-124
6. Cognitive salience as discourse dramaticity 125-210
7. Subjectivity and emotionality as discourse dramaticity 211-240
8. An interim conclusion 241-244
9 The pragmatization of the ba-construction: An adaptive change 245-295
10. Final remarks 297-300
Notes 301-307
References 309-326
Text material 327
Author index 329-331
Subject index 333-337

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng )

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