LINGUIST List 10.610

Tue Apr 27 1999

Books: Semantics and Pragmatics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Contrastive Functional Analysis, Andrew Chesterman

Message 1: Contrastive Functional Analysis, Andrew Chesterman

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 21:37:09 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Contrastive Functional Analysis, Andrew Chesterman

John Benjamins Publishing would like to announce the publication of this
new book:

Contrastive Functional Analysis.
Andrew Chesterman
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 47
US & Canada: 1 55619 809 4 / USD 59.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of World: 90 272 5060 X / NLG 118.00 (Hardcover)

Why is a raven like a writing-desk? The concept of similarity lies at the
heart of this new book on contrastive analysis. Similarity judgements
depend partly on properties of the objects being compared, and partly on
what the person judging considers to be relevant to the assessment;
similarity thus has both objective and subjective aspects. The author
shows how contrastive analysis and translation theory make use of the
concept in different ways, and explains how it relates to the problematic
notions of equivalence and tertium comparationis. The book then develops a
meaning-based contrastive methodology, and outlines one theory of semantic
structure which can be used in this methodology. The approach is
illustrated with four sample studies covering different kinds of phenomena
in some European languages. The final part of the book proposes an
extension of the theoretical framework to cover contrastive rhetoric: the
aim is to suggest a unified approach linking aspects of semantics,
pragmatics and rhetoric.

Keywords: similarity, contrastive analysis, functional grammar, semantics,
rhetoric, translation.

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