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Journal Title: English Text Construction
Volume/Issue:   5/1
Issue Title: Intersections of Intersubjectivity
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. v, 152 pp.

Table of Contents


Intersections of intersubjectivity
Lieselotte Brems, Lobke Ghesquière and Freek Van de Velde


Intersubjectification and clause periphery
Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Beyond intersubjectification: Textual uses of modality and mood in subordinate
clauses as part of speech-act orientation
Heiko Narrog

Notions of (inter)subjectivity
Jan Nuyts

Intersubjectivity in newspaper editorials: Construing the reader-in-the-text
Geoff Thompson

“What I want you to remember is…”: Audience orientation in monologic academic
Annelie Ädel

Intersubjectivity and intersubjectification: Typology and operationalization
Lobke Ghesquière, Lieselotte Brems and Freek Van de Velde
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
LL Issue: 23.2439