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Title: Aspects of Spanish Pragmatics
Written By: Domnita Dumitrescu
Series Title: American University Studies - Volume 35

This collection of essays on Spanish pragmatics can be understood in its
broadest sense in Iacob L. Mey's words as "the study of the conditions of
human language use in a societal context." The essays, which can be read
independently from one another, revolve around three key areas within the
Anglo-American school of pragmatics: speech acts, conversation, and
politeness as sociocultural manifestations of communication.

The first part of the book emphasizes the study of politeness in different
Spanish-speaking communities, paying special attention to the realization of
polite speech acts and their cross-cultural and cross-linguistic implications,
as well as the face-work that interlocutors conduct in casual conversations
and other communicative settings. The second part expands the topic of
politeness strategies to the study of new contexts (such as echo questions
and conversational repairs) and addresses other language phenomena that
can be best explored from a pragmalinguistic perspective, such as
evidentiality, mitigation, contrastive emphasis, and topicality and discourse

The examples (with the exception of a few literary quotes) proceed from
naturally occurring data or were collected through questionnaires, and
represent a wide range of colloquial "Spanishes," from Peninsular to Latin
American, from monolingual to bilingual, and from native to heritage to
second language learners' varieties.

The empirical nature of Aspects of Spanish Pragmatics will appeal to a wide
range of readers interested in the use of Spanish for real-life communicative
interactions, as well as in the topic of intercultural communication and the
teaching of authentic language to students of Spanish in the United States.

Domnita Dumitrescu received her PhD from the University of Southern
California. She is Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, Los
Angeles. Her research interests are Spanish pragmatics and sociolinguistics,
Spanish in the United States, contact phenomena between Spanish and
English in the United States, and contrastive analysis of Spanish and
Romanian at different levels. She has published more than one hundred
studies in her areas of expertise, which have appeared in numerous scholarly
publications in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, and she has
translated into Romanian several major literary works by Spanish authors.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781433104435
Pages: 268
Prices: U.S. $ 80.95
U.K. £ 47.00
Europe EURO 52.23