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Title: Pragmatic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics Volume II
Subtitle: Pragmatics of Semantically-Restricted Domains
Edited By: Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka

"Pragmatics of Semantically-Restricted Domains", the second volume of
Pragmatic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics, edited by Iwona
Witczak-Plisiecka, gathers papers which partly complement and develop the
first volume, Speech Actions in Theory and Applied Studies (Cambridge
Scholars Publishing, 2010). Most of the texts collected in this book,
representative of advanced independent research and that of an informed
exercise in the application of a pragmatic framework, result from the
Fourth Symposium on “New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics,” organized
at the University of Łódź, Poland, in May 2008. Accepting the inevitable
failure of any attempt to pose a strict and clear-cut division between the
research area of semantics and that of pragmatics, the volume focuses on
pragmatics-oriented analyses of data which are best described as
“semantically” limited. While Volume One concentrated on speech as a type
of action, the present volume, without denying the inherently actional
nature of language use, concentrates on limited contexts. Pragmatic
phenomena in semantically-restricted domains are addressed from a variety
of both theoretical and applied perspectives. The book is divided in three
parts. Part One, “Pragmatics, Politics and Ideology,” gathers seven papers
centered on issues pertaining to political linguistics. In Part Two, “The
Pragmatics of Humour, Power and the Media,” there are eight papers which
explore issues of politeness and modesty, pragmatic aspects of mediated and
gendered discourse, or dynamicity of power relation in interaction. Part
Three, “Focus on Textual Properties,” concentrates on text, excluding
political discourse. It integrates discussions of equivalence and
specialized translation, intertextual properties and
pragmatically-motivated lexical choices in business communication, in law,
and in science.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443820636
ISBN-13: 9781443820639
Pages: 405
Prices: U.K. £ 49.99