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LINGUIST List 16.3141

Mon Oct 31 2005

Qs: Apology; Comparative Romance Historical Ling Texts

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        1.    R. Ni, Apology
        2.    Margaret Winters, Texts for Comparative Romance Historical Linguistics

Message 1: Apology
Date: 27-Oct-2005
From: R. Ni <fxr41yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Apology

Dear linguists,

Is anybody aware of a socio-pragmatic study or bibliography or literature
review of apologies? I particularly need a speech-act orientation toward
politeness. Additionally, is there any language in which apology is
(honorifically and/or respectfully) made without any wrongdoing being made
in advance?

Thank you for your sincere cooperation.


R. Ni

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Message 2: Texts for Comparative Romance Historical Linguistics
Date: 25-Oct-2005
From: Margaret Winters <mewinterswayne.edu>
Subject: Texts for Comparative Romance Historical Linguistics

I will be teaching comparative Romance Historical linguistics next semester
and am going through my every-two-year search for a textbook. The class is
at the graduate level and includes students in French, Italian, and
Spanish, all of whom have had some linguistics (variously, phonetics,
structure of one of these languages, history of one of these languages) and
are fluent in one or another language, but not all. I ended up not using a
textbook last time I taught the class, but want to ask again for
suggestions and (if necessary) warnings.

I will be glad to post a summary if there is interest.

Many thanks in advance,

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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