"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
This book addresses current approaches to sequentiality in pragmatics and discourse analysis. It reflects the current moves in ethnomethodological conversation analysis and speech act theory to cross methodological borders to arrive at a conception of a sequence, which extends the local notion of sequentiality by integrating further constitutive components, such as cognition, intentionality, activity type, culture and genre.The individual contributions were presented at the 7th IPrA Conference held in Budapest in the year 2000. They range from critical analyses of speech act theory and cognitive pragmatics to detailed micro analyses of genre- and activity-specific constraints on the production and interpretation of meaning. The first part “sequences in theory and practice: minimal and unbounded” discusses the theoretical premises and exemplifies these by detailed data analyses. The second part “sequences in discourse: the micro-macro interface” examines genre-specific constraints on individual sequences and shows the benefits of supplementing the microanalytic concept of sequentiality with macroanalytic categories.
Table of Contents
Introduction Christiane Meierkord and Anita Fetzer 1 Sequences in theory and practice: Minimal and unbounded? 37 Communicative intentions in context Anita Fetzer 37 Cognition and narrativity in speech act sequences Marina Sbisà 71 Recurrent sequences and mental processes Christiane Meierkord 99 Boundaries and sequences in studying conversation Robert B. Arundale and David Good 121 Discourse markers as turns: Evidence for the role of intersubjectivity in interactional sequences Sarah W. Smith and Andreas H. Jucker 151 Sequences in discourse: The micro-macro interface 181 Talk on TV: Sequentiality meets intertextuality and interdiscursitivity Roy Langer 181 Culture, genres and the problem of sequentiality: An attempt to describe local organization and global structures in talk-in-situation Frederike Kern 207 Argumentative sequencing and its interactional variation Thomas Spranz-Fogasy 231 Sequential positioning of represented discourse in institutional media interaction Marjut Johansson 249 Interactional coherence in discussions and everyday storytelling: On considering the role of jedenfalls and auf jeden fall Kristin Bührig 273