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Books: Socioeconomic Pragmatic Variation: Staley

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Date: 20-Aug-2018
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Socioeconomic Pragmatic Variation: Staley
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Title: Socioeconomic Pragmatic Variation
Subtitle: Speech acts and address forms in context
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 291
Published: 2018
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/pbns.291

Author: Larssyn Staley
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027263926 Pages: 201 Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027263926 Pages: 201 Price: U.K. £ 76.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027263926 Pages: 201 Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200945 Pages: 201 Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200945 Pages: 201 Price: U.K. £ 76.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200945 Pages: 201 Price: Europe EURO 95.40
Abstract:

On a regular basis people encounter unfamiliar uses of pragmatic features, such as offers or requests with differing levels of directness or terms of address showing differing amounts of solidarity or deference. Variational pragmatics is the study of such uses, according to region, gender, age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, among national and sub-national varieties of pluricentric languages. Despite the wide focus just outlined, this volume provides the first study of pragmatic variation across different social classes, using naturally occurring, interactional data. The discourse analyzed here was collected in over twenty restaurant service encounters spanning three price points. The aim of this study is two-fold: to provide a potential framework for how pragmatic variables and their context can be defined, using the concept of a communicative activity, and to investigate socioeconomic variation in pragmatics by taking offers, thanks responses and address forms as examples. This study contributes, both on a methodological and empirical level, to the growing body of research in variational pragmatics, as well as speech acts, terms of address, relational work and sociolinguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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