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Title: Contrasting Meaning in Languages of the East and West
Edited By: Dingfang Shu
Ken Turner
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=e&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11886
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 14

This is a collection of papers that resulted from the Third International
Conference on Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics that was held at
Shanghai International Studies University in September 2005. Their common
focus lies in aspects of the contrastive semantics and pragmatics in a wide
variety of languages. These aspects include several themes that arise from
Gricean and neo-Gricean considerations of contrastive pragmatics; from
cognitive semantics and pragmatics, including metaphor and issues that
relate to the logical structure of quantification, modality and
demonstration; and from contrastive lexical, constructional and discourse
semantics. The languages discussed include Afrikaans, Amele, Czech,
English, Finnish, French, German, Gokana, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin,
Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Yakut and Zulu.


Dingfang Shu/Ken Turner: Introduction - Michiel Leezenberg: Gricean and
Confucian Pragmatics: A Contrastive Analysis - Chungmin Lee: Information
Structure in PA/SN or Descriptive/Metalinguistic Negation: With Reference
to Scalar Implicatures - Yan Huang: Switch-reference in Amele and
Logophoric Verbal Suffix in Gokana: A Generalized Neo-Gricean Pragmatic
Analysis - Saeko Fukushima: Hearer's Aspect in Politeness: The Case of
Requests - Jiaxuan Shen: Valency and Cognitive Frames for Three
Constructions in Mandarin - Ren Zhang: Specialized Grounding in English and
Chinese Existentials - Lei Zhu: Existentials, Possessives and their
Grammaticalization into Perfectives: With Special Reference to Chinese you
and English be and have - Chauncey C. Chu: A Contrastive Approach to
Discourse Particles: A Case Study of the Mandarin UFP Ne - Dorota
Klimek-Jankowska: Quantified Eventualities in Russian, Czech and Polish: An
OT Analysis - Katsuhiko Yabushita: On the Cross-linguistic Correlation
between the Usages of YES/NO Particles and the Presence/Absence of Negative
Quantifiers - Renzhi Li: A Contrastive Study of the Semantic Functions and
Pragmatic Uses of Modal Verbs in English and Chinese - Marc Duval: Modality
and Polysemy: Toward an Implicational Map - Yili Shi: On Chinese Numeral Yi
and Demonstrative Determiner Na versus English a and the: A Contrastive
Analysis in a Discourse-Pragmatics Perspective - Erkki Ahlström: Reference
and Complex Demonstratives in English and in Finnish - Johan van der
Auwera: Prohibition: Constructions and Markers - Valentina Apresjan: The
Pragmatics of Destiny in Russian and English (Towards a Description of
Fundamental Cultural Concepts) - Jenny Yi-chun Kuo/Jiun-shiung Wu:
Countability in English and Mandarin - Marie-Claude Paris: Mandarin gen and
French et / avec: Another Look at Distributivity and Collectivity -
Bergljot Behrens/Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen: The Relation Accompanying
Circumstance Across Languages: Conflict between Linguistic Expression and
Discourse Subordination? - Yulong Xu: Topic Introduction and Referent
Accessibility in Chinese and English Narrative Discourse - Barbara Abbott:
Conditionals in English and FOPL.

The Editors:

Dingfang Shu is Professor of Linguistics and Director of Research at
Shanghai International Studies University. He is President of the Chinese
Cognitive Linguistics Association and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of
Foreign Languages.

Ken Turner teaches linguistics and the philosophy of language at the
University of Brighton. He is series co-editor of Current Research in the
Semantics/Pragmatics Interface and serves on the editorial boards of the
Revue de Sémantique et Pragmatique, Lódz Papers in Pragmatics, the
International Review of Pragmatics and the Journal of Foreign Languages.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039118861
Pages: 634
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