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Journal Title: Pragmatics
Volume/Issue:   22/4
Date: December 2012
Table of Contents: Pragmatics 22:4 (December 2012)

Now available online for IPrA members (http://ipra.ua.ac.be)and on its way to subscribing libraries.

Contents:

María-Isabel González-Cruz, Apologizing in Spanish: A study of the strategies used by university students in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Cecilia Lazzeretti and Marina Bondi, ‘A hypnotic viewing experience’. Promotional features in the language of exhibition press announcements

Yo-An Lee, Building connected discourse in non-native speech: Re-specifying non-native proficiency

Gonzalo Martínez-Camino, Dialogicality and dialogue: An analysis of complexity and dynamics of fictitious dialogues in Spanish and Mexican television advertising

Nigel Musk, Performing bilingualism in Wales: Arguing the case for empirical and theoretical eclecticism

Isabella Paoletti, Operators managing callers’ sense of urgency in calls to the medical emergency number

Junko Saito, Construction of institutional identities by male individuals in subordinate positions in the Japanese workplace
Publisher: International Pragmatics Assoc.
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
 
LL Issue: 23.5038