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Title: Meaning Through Language Contrast
Subtitle: Volume 2
Edited By: Kasia M. Jaszczolt
Ken Turner
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P_bns_100
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 100

These volumes contain selected papers from the Second International Conference on Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics that was held at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, in September 2000. They include papers on negation, temporality, modality, evidentiality, eventualities, grammar and conceptualization, grammaticalization, metaphor, cross-cultural pragmatics and speech acts and the semantics-pragmatics boundary. There are contributions by, amongst many others, Les Bruce, Ilinca Crainiceanu, Thorstein Fretheim, Saeko Fukushima, Ronald Geluykens, Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach, Klaus von Heusinger, K. M. Jaszczolt, Susumu Kubo, Akiko Kurosawa, Eva Lavric, Didier Maillat, Márta Maleczki, Steve Nicolle, Sergei Tatevosov, L. M. Tovena, Jacqueline Visconti and Krista Vogelberg.

Table of contents

Distal aspects in Bantu languages
Steve Nicolle 3
From temporal to conditional: Italian qualora vs. English whenever
Jacqueline Visconti 23
Then — adverbial pro-form or inference particle: A comparative study of English, Ewe, Hungarian, and Norwegian
Thorstein Fretheim, Stella Boateng and Ildikó Vaskó 51
The polysemy of the Swedish verb komma ‘come’: A view from translation corpora
Åke Viberg 75
Metaphor in contrast
Studying metaphors using a multilingual corpus
Kay Wikberg 109
Cross-language metaphors: Parents and children, love, marriage and divorce in the European family
Andreas Musolff 125
A contrastive cognitive perspective on Malay and English figurative language
Jonathan Charteris-Black 141
Metaphorical expressions in English and Spanish stock market journalistic texts
Anna Espunya and Patrick Zabalbeascoa 159
Cross-cultural pragmatics and speech acts
Directions of regulation in speech act theory
Susumu Kubo 183
On Japanese ne and Chinese ba
Mutsuko Endo Hudson and Ronald Geluykens 197 ‘I am asking for a pen’: Framing of requests in black South African English
Luanga A. Kasanga 213
Cultural scripts for French and Romanian thanking behaviour
Tine Van Hecke 237
Sociocultural variation in native and interlanguage complaints
Ronald Geluykens and Bettina Kraft 251
A cross-cultural study of requests: The case of British and Japanese undergraduates
Saeko Fukushima 263 uestions as indirect requests in Russian and Czech
Michael Betsch 277
The language of love in Melanesia: A study of positive emotions
Les Bruce 291
Everyday rituals in Polish and English
Ewa Jakubowska 331
A question of time? uestion types and speech act shifts from a historical-contrastive perspective: Some examples from Old Spanish and Middle English
Verena Jung and Angela Schrott 345
The contrasts between contrasters: What discussion groups can tell us about discourse pragmatics
Piibi-Kai Kivik and Krista Vogelberg 373
The semantics/pragmatics boundary: Theory and applications Cross-linguistic implementations of specificity
Klaus von Heusinger 405
The semantics–pragmatics interface: The case of grounding
Esam N. Khalil 423
On translating ‘What is said’: Tertium comparationis in contrastive semantics and pragmatics
K.M. Jaszczolt 441
Translation equivalents as empirical data for semantic/pragmatic theory
Bergljot Behrens and Cathrine Fabricius Hansen 463

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Contrastive Ling
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112071
ISBN-13: 9781588112071
Pages: viii, 496 pp.
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