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Title: The Pragmatics of Irish English
Edited By: Anne Barron
Klaus P. Schneider
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110184699-1&l=E
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 164

Irish English, while having been the focus of investigations on a variety
of linguistic levels, reveals a dearth of research on the pragmatic level.
In the present volume, this imbalance is addressed by providing much-needed
empirical data on language use in Ireland in the private, official and
publics spheres and also by examining the use of Irish English as a
reflection of socio-cultural norms of interaction. The contributions cover
a wide range of pragmatic phenomena and draw on a number of frameworks of
analysis. Despite the wide scope of topics and methodologies, a relatively
coherent picture of conventions of language use in Ireland emerges.
Indirectness and heterogeneity on the formal level are, for instance, shown
to be features of Irish English.

This volume is the first book-length treatment of the pragmatics of a
national variety of English, or any other language. Indeed, it could be
considered a first step towards a new discipline, variational pragmatics,
at the interface of pragmatics and dialectology.

This book is of primary interest to researchers and students in pragmatics,
variational linguistics, Irish English, English as Foreign Language (EFL),
cross-cultural communication and discourse analysis. Furthermore, the
pragmatic descriptions provided will be of practical use in the
increasingly important English as Second Language (ESL) context in Ireland.
Finally, it is also of relevance to professionals dealing with Ireland and,
indeed, to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of Irish culture.

Table of Contents


Anne Barron and Klaus P. Schneider
Irish English: A focus on language in action

Raymond Hickey
Irish English in the context of previous research

Irish English in the private sphere

Jeff Kallen
Silence and mitigation in Irish English discourse

Carolina P. Amador Moreno
Discourse markers in Irish English: An example from literature

Klaus P. Schneider
"No problem, you're welcome, anytime": Responding to thanks in Ireland,
England, and the USA

Anne Barron
Offering in Ireland and England

Brian Clancy
"You’re fat. You’ll eat them all": Politeness strategies in family discourse

Irish English in the official sphere

Fiona Farr
Relational strategies in the discourse of professional performance review
in an Irish academic environment: The case of language teacher education

Gillian Martin
Indirectness in Irish English business negotiation: A legacy of colonialism

Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy and Martin Fahy
"Whatcha mean?": The pragmatics of intercultural business communication in
financial shared service centres

James Binchy
"Three forty two so please": Politeness for sale in Southern-Irish service

Irish English in the public sphere

Anne O'Keeffe
"You've a daughter yourself?": A corpus-based look at question forms in an
Irish radio phone-in

Helen Kelly-Holmes
A relevance approach to Irish-English advertising: The case of Brennan's bread

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 3110184699
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 408
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