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Title: The Dynamics of Language Use
Subtitle: Functional and contrastive perspectives
Edited By: Christopher S. Butler
María de los Ángeles Gómez-González
Susana M. Doval-Suárez
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20140
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 140

This book brings together a collection of articles characterized by two
main themes: the contrastive study of parallel phenomena in two or more
languages, and an essentially functional approach in which language is
regarded, first and foremost, as a rich and complex communication system,
inextricably embedded in sociocultural and psychological contexts of use.
The majority of the studies reported is empirical in nature, many making
use of corpora or other textual materials in the language(s) under
investigation. The book begins with an introductory section in which the
editors provide surveys of the state of the art in both functional and
contrastive linguistics. The other five sections of the volume are devoted
to (i) a cognitive perspective on form and function, (ii) information
structure, (iii) collocations and formulaic language, (iv) language
learning, and (v) discourse and culture.

Table of contents

Foreword vii

Contributors ix–xvi


Functional approaches to language
Christopher S. Butler 3–17

On contrastive linguistics: Trends, challenges and problems
María de los Ángeles Gómez-González and Susana M. Doval-Suárez 19–45

The present book
Christopher S. Butler, María de los Ángeles Gómez-González and Susana M.
Doval-Suárez 47–53

Form and function in a cognitive perspective

The relation of grammar to thought
Wallace Chafe 57–78

Communicative constructions in English and Spanish
Montserrat Martinez-Vazquez 79–109

Information Structure

Incremental Functional Grammar and the language of football commentary
J. Lachlan Mackenzie 113–128

The role of Theme and Rheme in contrasting methods of organization in texts
Michael J. Cummings 129–154

On clefting in English and Spanish
María de los Ángeles Gómez-González and Francisco Gonzalvez-Garcia 155–196

Anaphoric terms and focus of attention in English and Spanish
Maite Taboada 197–218

Collocations and formulaic language

Formulaic language: An overview with particular reference to the
cross-linguistic perspective
Christopher S. Butler 221–242

A contrastive analysis of entrenchment and collocational force in
variable-sized lexical units
László I. Komlósi and Elisabeth Knipf 243–268

Language learning

Designing vocabulary tests for English, Spanish and other languages
Paul Meara 271–285

Timing in English and Spanish: An empirical study of the learning of
Spanish timing by Anglophone learners
Francisco Gutiérrez Díez 287–306

Spanish and English intonation patterns: A perceptual approach to
attitudinal meaning
Rafael Monroy 307–324

Discourse and culture

Emotivity in narrative discourse: Cross-cultural and cross-gender
Kyoko Takashi and Douglas Wilkerson 327–347

Cardinal Transitivity in foregrounded discourse: A contrastive study in
English and Spanish
Pilar Guerrero Medina 349–369

English consciousness in 19th century Spain
Paloma Tejada Caller 371–394

Language index 395

Scholars index 397–401

Subject index 403–413

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253838
ISBN-13: 9789027253835
Pages: xvi, 413
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