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On the Offensive

By Karen Stollznow

On the Offensive " This book sheds light on the derogatory phrases, insults, slurs, stereotypes, tropes and more that make up linguistic discrimination. Each chapter addresses a different area of prejudice: race and ethnicity; gender identity; sexuality; religion; health and disability; physical appearance; and age."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Basic Verba Dicendi in Academic Spoken English Add Dissertation
Author: Oskar Gawlik Update Dissertation
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Institution: Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland, discourse analysis
Completed in: 2010
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis;
Director(s): Andrzej Łyda

Abstract: The main goal of the dissertation was to explore the syntax, semantics,
pragmatics and functions of basic verba dicendi (say, talk, tell and speak)
in contemporary American academic spoken English (in the MICASE corpus of
lectures). A point of departure for my investigations was the fact that all
the four verbs are employed to report speech acts, but these verba dicendi
may perspectivize the linguistic scene in different ways. Consequently,
what was of focal interest in my doctoral dissertation was the way of
perspectivizing the acts of locution by means of basic verba dicendi, with
corpus linguistics constituting the most suitable methodological tool,
complemented, inter alia, by introspective judgments. The implications and
applications of the findings may be numerous, ranging from pedagogical ones
(material writers would be in a better position to generate EAP textbooks
which might reflect actual language use) to linguistic ones: linguists
could either validate or disconfirm their (hypo)theses concerning the
actual occurrences of basic verba dicend in the academic milieu.