LINGUIST List 32.2213

Wed Jun 30 2021

Books: Indirect Speech Acts: Ruytenbeek

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Date: 30-Jun-2021
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Subject: Indirect Speech Acts: Ruytenbeek
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Title: Indirect Speech Acts
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Nicolas Ruytenbeek
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108483179 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108483179 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108483179 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

To achieve successful communication, it is crucial to say clearly what we mean, but, at the same time, we need to pay attention to the form of our utterances, to avoid misunderstandings and the risk of offending our interlocutors. To avoid these pitfalls, we use a special category of utterances called 'indirect speech acts' (ISAs) that enable an optimal balance between clarity and politeness. But how do interpreters identify the meaning of these ISAs? And how does the social context influence the use of ISAs? This book attempts to answer these questions. It deals with the main theoretical and empirical questions surrounding the meaning and usage of ISAs, drawing on the latest research and neuroimaging data. Adopting a truly interdisciplinary perspective, it will appeal to students and scholars from diverse backgrounds, and anyone interested in exploring this phenomenon, which is so pervasive in our daily lives.

1. Classic Speech Act Theoretic Approaches; 2. The Semantics of Sentence-Types; 3. Cognitive and Relevance-Based Approaches; 4. The Comprehension of ISAs; 5. Indirectness, Politeness, and the Social Context; 6. Computational and Artificial Intelligence Approaches to Indirectness; 7. Conclusion; References; Index.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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