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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: "Wenn Du mein Bruder bist,..."
Subtitle: Interaktion und Textgestaltung in atlbabylonischen Alltagsbriefen
Written By: W. Sallaberger
Series Title: Cuneiform Monographs

Among cuneiform texts, only letters address directly a concrete historical
person. Letters being texts composed and used in everyday verbal
interaction, they replace direct communication. This specific situational
context provokes basic questions such as: from the point of view of the
ancient letter writer, what are the conventionally possible ways of
expressing the intentions of the sender? And from the modern researcher's
standpoint, how can we detect the 'tone' of a given letter? This study
focuses neither on the facts represented and the persons communicating nor
on the system of the language, but is rather concerned with the specific,
rule-governed use of language in interaction. The method employed is a
combination of the philological treatment of the texts with questions and
insights from linguistic pragmatics, discourse analysis, and text
linguistics. The book concentrates on the corpus of Old Babylonian letters
from Mesopotamia. The topics treated include: address behaviour, i.e. use
and interdependence of term of address, greeting, and form of address of
the verb; the stucture and the basic function of an Old Babylonian letter;
the polite speech acts of gratitude and of asking a favour; rational
argumentation in everyday verbal interaction.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 905693029X
ISBN-13: 9789056930295
Pages: 302
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
U.S. $ 149.00