Pragmatic Variation in First and Second Language Contexts

Methodological issues

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| Indiana University, USA
| University of Texas at Austin, USA
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Departing from Schneider and Barron (2008), representing the emerging field of Variational Pragmatics, this volume examines pragmatic variation focusing on methods utilized to collect and analyze data in a variety of first (L1) and second (L2) language contexts. The objectives are to: (1) examine variation in such areas of pragmatics as speech acts, conventional expressions, metapragmatics, stance, frames, mitigation, communicative action, (im)politeness, and implicature; and (2) critically review central methodological concerns relevant for research in pragmatic variation, such as coding, ethical issues, qualitative and quantitative methods, and individual variation. Theoretical frameworks vary from variationist and interactional sociolinguistics, to variational pragmatics. This collection contains eleven chapters by leading scholars, including two state-of-the art chapters on key methodological issues of pragmatic variation study. Given the theoretical perspectives, methodological focus, and analyses, the book will be of interest to those who study pragmatics, discourse analysis, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and language variation.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
vii–viii
Notes on contributors
ix–x
Introduction: Pragmatic variation in first and second language contexts
J. César Félix-Brasdefer and Dale Koike
1–16
Chapter 1. Pragmatic variation by gender in market service encounters in Mexico
J. César Félix-Brasdefer
17–48
Chapter 2. Cross-cultural stances in online discussions: Pragmatic variation in French and American ways of expressing opinions
Carl S. Blyth
49–80
Chapter 3. Pragmatic variation in therapeutic discourse: An examination of mitigating devices employed by Dominican female clients and a Cuban American therapist
Nydia Flores-Ferrán
81–112
Chapter 4. Disagreement and sociolinguistic variables: English as a Lingua Franca of Practice in China
Wei Zhu Hua and Diana Boxer
113–140
Chapter 5. Variation in the pragmatic use of conventional expressions
Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig
141–174
Chapter 6. Variation in NS-learner interactions: Frames and expectations in pragmatic coconstruction
Dale Koike
175–208
Pragmatic variation in learner perception: The role of retrospective verbal report in L2 speech act research
Helen Woodfield
209–238
Chapter 8. Variationist sociolinguistics, L2 sociopragmatic competence, and corpus analysis of classroom-based synchronous computer-mediated discourse
Rémi A. van Compernolle and Lawrence Williams
239–270
Research methods for describing variation in intercultural pragmatics for cultures in contact and conflict
Andrew D. Cohen
271–294
Chapter 10. Between pragmatics and sociolinguistics: Where does pragmatic variation fit in?
Marina Terkourafi
295–318
Chapter 11. Conclusions: Methodological issues in pragmatic variation
Dale Koike and J. César Félix-Brasdefer
319–336
Index
337–338
“Drawing on an impressive array of research methods, the 12 experts in this remarkable book push the fields of Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics in directions both qualitative and quantitative. How? In Pragmatics, the speaker is often depicted as fully rational yet living in an asocial world where the only tasks of communication are cognitive. Speakers deliberately select from sets of linguistic resources, obeying perceived discourse and listener-based constraints so as to best produce intended responses in the listener. If deliberate, no statistical variation should occur. Also, the listener as active socially-situated participant in negotiations of meaning is only vaguely present. Two issues emerge: the social listener as meaning maker and variation either of different forms to create similar meanings or of differing meanings mapped to similar forms. By pushing in these directions, the researchers here creatively push the envelope not only of Pragmatics but also of Variationist Sociolinguistics.”
“Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in pragmatic variation in the first language setting. This volume very admiringly furthers the empirical basis and the theoretical and methodological discussion on this setting, while also taking up the investigation of pragmatic variation in the second language context. Taken together, the book offers many new and captivating insights, thoughts and ideas on pragmatic variation. It is a must-read for pragmatists, sociolinguists and second language researchers researching in the area.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012025278