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LINGUIST List 17.3463

Fri Nov 24 2006

Books: Discourse Analysis: Blass

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Joyce Reid, Relevance Relations in Discourse: Blass


Message 1: Relevance Relations in Discourse: Blass
Date: 15-Nov-2006
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Relevance Relations in Discourse: Blass


Title: Relevance Relations in Discourse
Subtitle: A Study with Special Reference to Sissala
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 55
Published: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Regina Blass
Paperback: ISBN: 0521032040 Pages: 296 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521032040 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Abstract:

This book uses Sperber and Wilson's relevance theory to show that
connectivity in discourse is a pragmatic rather than a semantic matter: it
results from relevance relations between text and context rather than from
relations linguistically encoded in the text. In two introductory chapters,
Regina Blass argues that relevance theory offers a more explanatory account
of discourse connectivity than do alternative approaches based on notions
of cohesion, coherence and topic. In subsequent chapters, she introduces
data from the language Sissala and shows how relevance theory can play an
important role in guiding and constraining semantic and pragmatic analyses
of these data. This approach reveals unexpected results - for example the
detection of an interpretive use marker in Sissala, with implications for
the analysis of so-called 'hearsay phenomena' in other languages - and
leads to a new basis for particle typology.

"The greatest strength of this book is the originality of the research."
Notes on Linguistics
"B's study contains a host of interesting observations and ideas, and
reading it is very thought-provoking and rewarding." Language

Acknowledgements;
List of abbreviations and symbols;
Maps;
Introduction;
1. What is discourse?;
2. Relevance theory and discourse;
3. The interpretive-use marker r�;
4. Constraints on relevance and particle typology;
5. Baa: truth-conditional or non-truth-conditional particle?;
6. Defining in Sissala;
7. Meanings and domains of universal quantification;
8. Co-ordination and stylistic effects;
Notes;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Sissala (sld)

Written In: English (eng )

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