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Title: Current Trends in the Pragmatics of Spanish
Edited By: Rosina Márquez Reiter
María Elena Placencia
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20123
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 123

Current Trends in the Pragmatics of Spanish provides the reader with a representative spectrum of current research in the most dynamic areas of the pragmatics of Spanish. It brings together a collection of academic essays written by well-established as well as emerging voices in Hispanic pragmatics. The essays include applications of pragmatic concepts to sub-fields of (Spanish) linguistics (i.e., pragmatics and grammar; pragmatics and applied linguistics; pragmatics and cross- and inter-cultural communication), studies of ‘traditional’ topics in pragmatics (i.e., discourse markers, politeness, metaphor, humour) as well as a proposal to amalgamate the dominant pragmatic approaches, namely socio-pragmatics and cognitive pragmatics, into one comprehensive model. The essays in this collection represent both new theoretical and empirical research and as such they constitute a valuable contribution to the field of pragmatics in general and an essential reference to those researching the pragmatics of Spanish.

Table of contents

Preface xi
1. Spanish pragmatics: Whence, where, whither?
Leo D. Hickey 3
2. The pragmatics of Spanish beyond Spain
Rosina Márquez Reiter and María Elena Placencia 15
Pragmatics and grammar
3. The Spanish subjunctive: Procedural semantics and pragmatic inference
Aiofe Ahern and Manuel Leonetti 35
4. Conditional: A grammaticalised marker of politeness in Spanish
Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch 57
Pragmatics and applied linguistics
5. Role-plays and the assessment of oral proficiency in Spanish
Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Paul Meara 79
6. Written pedagogic feedback and linguistic politeness
Miranda Stewart 99
Pragmatics and cross and inter-cultural communication
7. Displaying closeness and respectful distance in Montevidean and uiteño service encounters
Rosina Márquez Reiter and María Elena Placencia 121
8. Speaking Spanish with Zapotec meaning. Requests and promises in intercultural communication in Oaxaca, Mexico
Martina Schrader-Kniffki 157
Discourse markers
9. Procedural constraints on context selection: Siempre as a discourse marker
Carmen Curcó 179
10. Discourse markers in the construction of the text, the activity, and the social relations: Evidence from courtroom discourse
Isolda E. Carranza 203
11. Coercion and cooperation: A case study of Argentinean reprimands and responses to reprimands
Carmen García 231
12. Politeness as ‘face’ enhancement: An analysis of Spanish conversations between friends and family
Nieves Hernández Flores 265
13. uarrelling about metaphors of love: A pragmatic approach
Eduardo Urios Aparisi 287
14. Pragmatic of humorous strategies in El club de la comedia
Francisco Yus 319
15. Norms and principles. Putting social and cognitive pragmatics together
Victoria Escandell Vidal 347
Contributors 373
Index 379

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115208
ISBN-13: 9781588115201
Pages: xvi, 383 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902725365X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xvi, 383 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 120.00