LINGUIST List 29.2710

Thu Jun 28 2018

Books: Vague Language, Elasticity Theory and the Use of 'Some': Zhang, Nguyet Le

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Date: 17-Jun-2018
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <lianna.iwanikiwbloomsbury.com>
Subject: Vague Language, Elasticity Theory and the Use of 'Some': Zhang, Nguyet Le
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Title: Vague Language, Elasticity Theory and the Use of 'Some'
Subtitle: A Comparative Study of L1 and L2 Speakers in Educational Settings
Published: 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
                http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Book URL: https://www.bloomsbury.com/vague-language-elasticity-theory-and-the-use-of-some-9781350029590/

Author: Grace Qiao Zhang
Author: Nhu Nguyet Le
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350029620 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 102.60 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350029606 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 102.60 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350029590 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Abstract:

In "Vague Language, Elasticity Theory and the Use of 'Some'", Nguyet Nhu Le and Grace Qiao Zhang present the first comprehensive study of the word 'some', focusing on its elasticity. In particular, they consider how 'some' is both a quantifier and a qualifier, has positive or negative meanings, and has local and global interpretations. They show that the word is used across a meaning continuum and can be used to convey a range of states, including approximation, uncertainty, politeness, and evasion. Finally, they demonstrate that the functions of 'some' are also multi-directional and non-categorical, consisting of four major functions (right amount of information, mitigation, withholding information, and discourse management).

Based on naturally-occurring classroom data of L1 (American English) and L2 (Chinese- and Vietnamese-speaking learners of English) speakers, "Vague Language" shows that L2 speakers used 'some' more than L1 speakers and explores the significance of this, particularly taking account of speakers' language ability and cultural backgrounds. While this book focuses on the single word 'some', the authors' discussion has important implications for language studies more generally, as they call for a rethinking of our approaches to language study and more attention to its elasticity.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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