Discursive Practices and Linguistic Meanings

The Vietnamese system of person reference

Hy V. Luong | University of Toronto
ISBN 9789027250216 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556192777 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027283351 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This is a theoretically oriented study of the pragmatics of Vietnamese person reference (kinship terms, personal pronouns, naming set and status terms). Drawing upon linguistic data from a radically different non-Western society and the seminal insights of Volosinov, Bakhtin, and Leach, it offers a critical analysis of the major theoretical premises of dominant approaches to denotation and connotation, to knowledge of language and to knowledge of the world. The study suggests that the pragmatic presuppositions of Vietnamese person-referring forms figure in the native definitions of linguistic meanings as prominently as any denotative features. It is argued that the significance of pragmatic implications should be analyzed in relation to the native speaker's conception of the world.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 11] 1990.  x, 213 pp.
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