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Title: Discourse Across Languages and Cultures
Edited By: Carol Lynn Moder
Aida Martinovic-Zic
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%2068
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 68

This volume brings together for the first time research by linguists working in cross-linguistic discourse analysis and by second language researchers working in the contrastive rhetoric tradition. The collection of articles by prominent authors and younger scholars encompasses a variety of research approaches and treats numerous naturally-occurring spoken and written genres, including conversations, narratives, academic expository writing, journalism, advertising, and professional promotional texts.
Languages examined include English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese,
Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Urdu, Dutch, Turkish and Serbo-Croatian.
Taken individually and collectively, the articles in this collection draw important conclusions concerning the roles of cognition, multilingualism, communities of practice, and linguistic typology in shaping discourse within and across cultures.

Table of contents

Discourse across cultures, across disciplines: An overview
Carol Lynn Moder 1–11

Holistic textlinguistics
Robert E. Longacre 13–36

Discourse effects of polysynthesis
Wallace Chafe 37–52

Prosodic schemas: Evidence from Urdu and Pakistani English
Rebecca L. Damron 53–73

Rhetorical relations in dialogue: A contrastive study
María Teresa Taboada 75–97

Interlanguage Pragmatics: Apology speech acts
Euen Hyuk (Sarah) Jung 99–116

Discourse marker use in native and non-native English speakers
Hikyoung Lee 117–127

Discourse markers across languages? Evidence from English and French
Suzanne Fleischman and Marina Yaguello 129–147

Intertextuality across communities of practice: Academics, journalism and advertising
Ron Scollon 149–176

Genre as a locus of social structure and cultural ideology: A comparison of
Japanese and American cooking classes
Patricia Mayes 177–194

How people move: Discourse effects of linguistic typology
Dan I. Slobin 195–210

Why manner matters: Contrasting English and Serbo-Croatian typology in motion description
Jelena Jovanovic and Aida Martinovic-Zic 211–226

Episodic boundaries in Japanese and English narratives
Mary Theresa DiGennaro-Seig 227–250

Rhetorical influences: As Latin was, English is?
William Eggington 251–265

Contrastive discourse analysis: Argumentative text in English and Spanish
JoAnne Neff, Emma Dafouz, Mercedes Diez, Rosa Prieto and Craig Chaudron

Academic biliteracy and the mother tongue: A case study of academic essays in Venezuelan Spanish and English
Elizabeth Arcay Hands and Ligia Cossé 285–299

Texts as image-schemas: A cross-linguistic study
Tânia Mara Gastão Saliés 301–327

Genre and modality in developing discourse abilities
Ruth A. Berman 329–356

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811449X
ISBN-13: 9781588114495
Pages: vi, 366 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230781
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Pages: vi, 366 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00