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LINGUIST List 19.185

Wed Jan 16 2008

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics/Semantics: Liddicoat

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Discourse, Genre and Rhetoric: Liddicoat

Message 1: Discourse, Genre and Rhetoric: Liddicoat
Date: 14-Jan-2008
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Discourse, Genre and Rhetoric: Liddicoat
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Title: Discourse, Genre and Rhetoric
Subtitle: The French verb in research writing in science and technology
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in French Linguistics 05
Published: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Anthony J. Liddicoat
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895860072 Pages: 173 Price: Europe EURO 68.00

This book examines the rhetorical function of French verb forms in
scientific writing. It includes both statistical descriptions of the
frequency of verb forms and also examines their semantic function as this
applies to communicating about science and technology in French.

The book takes as its core argument the idea that grammatical choices are
meaningful for the creation of text and are deployed to construct
particular understandings of the information communicated. The language
used in communicating science is distinctive and patterns of language use
in scientific writing are different from those of other sorts of texts. In
order to examine the functionality of grammar and its relations to
communicative purposes, this book takes as its starting point the idea that
grammar is not unitary, that is grammatical structures are not invariable
in their meaning. While the forms of language structure may be identical in
general and specialized varieties of a language, the meanings of these
constructions are not. The book's semantically-based view of grammar allows
grammar to be seen not as a linguistic given determined by structural
conventions, but rather as a symbolic activity which is determined by and
is determining of communicative practices.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Philosophy of Language
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Written In: English (eng )

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