LINGUIST List 9.903

Fri Jun 19 1998

Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

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  1. Bernadette Martinez-Keck, New Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

Message 1: New Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 16:12:49 -0400
From: Bernadette Martinez-Keck <>
Subject: New Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

We would like to bring to your attention to two new publications from
John Benjamins Publishing in the field of Pragmatics & Discourse:

Deixis and Information Packaging in Russian Discourse.

Lenore Grenoble
1998 xviii, 338 pp. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 50
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 812 4 Price:US$85.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 5063 4 Price: NLG 170
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The role deixis plays in structuring language and its relation to the
context of utterance provides the focus for an examination of
information packaging in Russian discourse. The analysis is based on
a model which interprets discourse as constituted by four interrelated
frameworks - the linguistic text, the text setting, the text content
and the participant framework.

The Function of Discourse Particles.
A study with special reference to spoken standard French 

Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen
1998 xii, 418 pp. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 53
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 815 9 Price:US$85.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 5066 9 Price: NLG 170

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This monograph aims to contribute to linguistic knowledge about the
distribution and function of discourse particles, particularly with
respect to a small group of particles which are highly frequent in
contemporary spoken standard French. The author discusses categories
of particles, instructional semantics, the difference between speech
and writing, the delimitation of discourse units, competing approaches
to discourse structure and to coherence, and methodology are discussed
extensively. This is followed by an-depth corpus-based analyses of
six French discourse particles, namely bon, ben, eh bien, puis, donc,
and alors, as used in non-elicited native-speaker interaction.

Hedging in Scientific Research Articles

Ken Hyland
1998 x, 308 pp. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 54
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 816 7 Price:US$69.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 5067 7 Price: NLG 138

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This is a comprehensive study of hedging in academic research papers,
relating a systematic analysis of forms to a pragmatic explanation for
their use. The study shows that the extensive use of possibility and
tentativeness in research writing is intimately connected to the
social and institutional practices of academic communities, and is at
the heart of how knowledge comes to be socially accredited through
texts. The study identifies the major forms, functions and
distribution of hedges and explores the research article genre in
detail to present an explanatory framework.

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Bernadette Martinez-Keck Tel: (215) 836-1200
Publicity/Marketing Fax: (215) 836-1204
John Benjamins North America
PO Box 27519 
Philadelphia PA 19118-0519 

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1998 Contributors

  • Addison Wesley Longman
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Mouton de Gruyter