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Thu Oct 14 2010

Books: Discourse Analysis/Semantics: Jerries

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        1.     Jennifer Tighe , Opposition In Discourse: Jerries

Message 1: Opposition In Discourse: Jerries
Date: 06-Oct-2010
From: Jennifer Tighe <>
Subject: Opposition In Discourse: Jerries
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Title: Opposition In Discourse Subtitle: The Construction of Oppositional Meaning Series Title: Advances in Stylistics Published: 2010 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Lesley Jerries Electronic: ISBN: 9781441198631 Pages: 160 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781847065124 Pages: 160 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

Lesley Jeffries introduces a phenomenon which has not been given theattention it deserves - the contextual construction of oppositionalmeaning. These are opposites not recognisable as such out of context butthat are clearly set up this way in the text concerned.

The significance of oppositional meaning is well-known, and has beendiscussed by scholars for millennia, from Philosophy to Politics. But themain emphasis has always been on the conventional opposite: the oppositerecognised by lexical semantics.

Starting from socio-cultural viewpoints, moving to original research andthen concluding with a new theoretical formulation, this book introducesand consolidates a significant new approach to the analysis of oppositionalmeaning. It closes with a discussion of the importance of constructedopposition in hegemonic practice and makes a case for the inclusion ofopposition as a central tool of critical discourse analysis. It will beessential reading for researchers and graduates in stylistics, linguisticsand language studies.

"The focus of this book is on how 'created' oppositions are triggered,constructed and construed in language. Examples are drawn from a wealth ofsources - including poems, medical texts and newspaper stories - withoppositions cleverly unravelled and their ability to influence our thoughtsand our reality gradually exposed. The findings contribute usefully to thegrowing body of knowledge about antonyms and other oppositions, and to thecontexts in which they occur; the ramifications are significant forlanguage-based studies of literature, popular culture and the media."- Steven Jones, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Education, TheUniversity of Manchester, UK

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics                             Syntax                             Discourse Analysis                             Stylistics
Written In: English (eng )

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