LINGUIST List 8.1204

Wed Aug 20 1997

Books: Pragmatics

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  1. Tony Schiavo, New Books: Pragmatics

Message 1: New Books: Pragmatics

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 12:23:27 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <>
Subject: New Books: Pragmatics

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new titles in the field of Pragmatics:

Akio Kamio
1997 227 pp. Pragmatics and Beyond, New Series, 48
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 810 8 Price: US$68.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3039 0 Price: Hfl. 125,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site:
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Most higher animals are said to be territorial, as a huge amount of
work in ethology has made it clear. Human beings are no
exceptions. They tend to occupy a certain space around them where they
claim their own presence and exclude others quite naturally. If
territory is so prevalent among higher animals including humans, then
isn't it possible to observe its manifestations in aspects of human
language? Territory of Information starts from this fundamental
question and attempts to demonstrate the key function of the concept
of territory in the informational structure and syntax of natural
language. It offers an anaysis of English, Japanese, and Chinese in
terms of territory and shows its fundamental importance in the
interface of information and syntax in these languages. Moreover, it
argues that the concept of territory plays a major role in the
evidentiality of a number of languages and in the linguistic structure
of politeness. It also makes much reference to discourse and
conversational analysis. Thus, this is a book which might interest
readers concerned with pragmatics in general, the relationship between
informational structure and syntax, evidentiality, politeness,
discourse analysis, and conversational analysis.

Brian Paltridge
1997 x, 192 pp. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 45
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 807 8 Price: US$49.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 5058 8 Price: Hfl. 80,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site:
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This book presents a perspective on genre based on what it is that
leads users of a language to recognise a communicative event as an
instance of a particular genre. Key notions in this perspective are
those of prototype, inheritance, and intertextuality; that is, the
extent to which a text is typical of the particular genre, the
qualities or properties that are inherited from other instances of the
communicative event, and the ways in which a text is influenced by
other texts of a similar kind. The texts which form the basis of this
discussion are drawn from experimental research reporting in English.

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Approaches to genre 3. Genre and frames
4. A sample analysis: Writing up research 5. Summary and conclusions.

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