LINGUIST List 32.2893

Sat Sep 11 2021

Books: General Extenders: Overstreet, Yule

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Date: 11-Sep-2021
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Subject: General Extenders: Overstreet, Yule
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Title: General Extenders
Subtitle: The Forms and Functions of a New Linguistic Category
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Maryann Overstreet
Author: George Yule
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108837231 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108837231 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108837231 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

General extenders are phrases like 'or something', 'and everything', 'and things (like that)', 'and stuff (like that)', and 'and so on'. Although they are an everyday feature of spoken language, are crucial in successful interpersonal communication, and have multiple functions in discourse, they have so far gone virtually unnoticed in linguistics. This pioneering work provides a comprehensive description of this new linguistic category. It offers new insights into ongoing changes in contemporary English, the effect of grammaticalization, novel uses as associative plural markers and indicators of intertextuality, and the metapragmatic role of extenders in interaction. The forms and functions of general extenders are presented clearly and accessibly, enabling students to understand a number of different frameworks of analysis in discourse-pragmatic studies. From an applied perspective, the book presents a description of translation equivalents, an analysis of second language variation, and practical exercises for teaching second language learners of English.

1. Introduction; 2. Referential Function and Categorization; 3. Interpersonal Function and Intersubjectivity; 4. Personal Function and Subjectivity; 5. Textual Function and Turn Construction; 6. Historical Development and Change; 7. Social Marking and Variation; 8. In Different Languages; 9. In Learner Language and Language Teaching; 10. Reflections and Projections.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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