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Title: Discourse and Pragmatics in Functional Grammar
Edited By: Christopher S. Butler
Roel M. Vismans
Richard A Gatward
John H Connolly
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/
Series Title: Functional Grammar Series
Description:

Functional Grammar is a linguistic theory in which language is regarded intrinsically as a vehicle of communicative interaction. As such it has a strongly pragmatic orientation, and this book presents the results of some of the most recent research into pragmatics within the Functional Grammar framework. A good deal of attention is paid, in particular, to the treatment of discourse-level phenomena. This is currently one of the lively areas of debate in Functional Grammar circles, and here for the first time, many of the relevant issues receive an extended discussion in print. The book is therefore essential reading for anyone interested in the study of language function within the terms of a principled theoretical framework. Contents Preface * Kees Hengeveld, Cohesion in Functional Grammar * Caroline Kroon, Discourse markers, discourse structure and Functional Grammar * John H. Connolly, Anthony A. Clarke, Steven W. Garner and Hilary K. Palmen, A functionally oriented analysis of spoken dialogue between individuals linked by a computer network * Ans A.G. Steuten, Business conversations from a conversational analytical and a Functional Grammar perspective * Jon Atle Gulla, Combining Functional Grammar and Rhetorical Structure Theory for discourse representation * Anne Reboul, What (if anything) is accessibility? A relevance-oriented criticism of Ariel's Accessibility Theory of referring expressions * Roel M. Vismans, Pragmatic functions, special positions and accent in Dutch * Svillen B. Stanchev, Pragmatic functions and special sentence positions in Bulgarian * Angela Downing, Discourse pragmatic functions of the Theme constituent in spoken European Spanish * Yael Ziv, Infinitivals initially: Theme/Topic/Focus * Yaron Matras, The function and typology of coordinating conjunctions: evidence from discourse and language-contact situations * Thomas Bearth, Clauses as discourse operators in Tura * Index of names * Index of subjects * Index of languages

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110151537
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Pages: 235
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