LINGUIST List 32.2043

Mon Jun 14 2021

Books: The Pragmatics of Fiction: Locher, Jucker

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Date: 11-Jun-2021
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Subject: The Pragmatics of Fiction: Locher, Jucker
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Title: The Pragmatics of Fiction
Subtitle: Literature, Stage and Screen Discourse
Series Title: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language - Advanced
Published: 2021
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Author: Miriam A. Locher
Author: Andreas H. Jucker
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474447966 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 24.99 Comment: ePub
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474447959 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 85 Comment: PDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474447935 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 85
Paperback: ISBN: 9781474447942 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

Presents pragmatics as a framework to analyse the discourse of fiction

* Draws on a range of fictional genres including novels, plays, fan fiction, poems, lyrics, movies and TV series

* Each chapter includes an introduction and conclusion, a list of key concepts, exercises and suggestions for further reading

* Three part structure explores fiction as communication, the pragmatics of story worlds and themes in fiction

Drawing on a wide range of fictional texts from Shakespeare and Austen to Game of Thrones and the lyrics of ‘We Shall Overcome’, this textbook shows how pragmatic analyses can uncover the performative elements that create and shape characters for an audience.

By exploring fictional language, the book investigates different forms of interpersonal communication, such as politeness and impoliteness, as well as the nature of poetic language and the language of emotion. With exercises, discussion topics, suggestions for small-scale research projects and further reading, it shows just how fascinating a challenge fictional language can pose to pragmatics, and illustrates the richness of fictional language as a source of data for pragmatic research.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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