Languages and Cultures in Contrast and Comparison

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| University of Santiago de Compostela
| Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
| University of Santiago de Compostela
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This volume explores various hitherto under-researched relationships between languages and their discourse-cultural settings. The first two sections analyze the complex interplay between lexico-grammatical organization and communicative contexts. Part I focuses on structural options in syntax, deepening the analysis of information-packaging strategies. Part II turns to lexical studies, covering such matters as human perception and emotion, the psychological understanding of ‘home’ and ‘abroad’, the development of children’s emotional life and the relation between lexical choice and sexual orientation. The final chapters consider how new techniques of contrastive linguistics and pragmatics are contributing to the primary field of application for contrastive analysis, language teaching and learning. The book will be of special interest to scholars and students of linguistics, discourse analysis and cultural studies and to those entrusted with teaching European languages and cultures. The major languages covered are Akan, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 175]  2008.  xxii, 364 pp.
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Table of Contents
Contributors
vii–xiv
Introduction
xv–xxii
Part I. Information structure
Theme zones in contrast: An analysis of their linguistic realization in the communicative act of a non-acceptance
Anita Fetzer
3–31
Last things first: An FDG approach to clause-final focus constituents in Spanish and English
Mike Hannay and Elena Martínez Caro
33–68
Contrastive perspectives on cleft sentences
Jeanette K. Gundel
69–87
The position of adverbials and the pragmatic organization of the sentence: A comparison of French and Dutch
Ilse Magnus
89–120
Part II. Lexis in contrast
Swedish verbs of perception from a typological and contrastive perspective
Åke Viberg
123–172
'Abroad' and semantically related terms in some European languages and in Akan (Ghana)
Thorstein Fretheim and Nana Aba Appiah Amfo
173–191
The expression of emotion in Italian and English fairy tales
Gabrina Pounds
193–219
The feminine stereotype in gay characterization: A look at English and Spanish
Félix Rodríguez González
221–243
Part III. Contrastive perspectives on SLA
Communicative tasks across languages: Movie narratives in English, in English as a foreign language and in German
Andreas H. Jucker
247–274
Linguistic theory and bilingual systems: Simultaneous and sequential English/Spanish bilingualism
Raquel Fernández Fuertes, Juana M. Liceras and Esther A. de la Fuente
275–297
Awareness of orthographic form and morphophonemic learning in EFL
Edward Dalley Benson and María del Pilar García Mayo
299–326
Contrastive intonation and error analysis: Tonality and tonicity in the interlanguage of a group of Spanish learners of English
Francisco Gutiérrez Díez
327–354
Author index
355–357
Index of languages
359
Index of terms
361–364
“[...] the book should make for interesting reading for a wide and diverse readership. Besides the variety of languages, themes, approaches and data represented, its assets include the extensive use of glosses to help understand non-English examples, a well-balanced structure (four articles in each part) and detailed indexes. Particularly noteworthy too is the inclusion of under-researched topics, as well as the consideration for SLA and cultural aspects [...]. More generally, the book makes a good job of showing that contrastive linguistics is opening up to new fields and new themes, and will hopefully encourage to develop these (and other) relationships even further.”
“This volume is a valuable contribution to scholars dealing with the pragmatics of syntax, semantics and phonology within the field of contrastive linguistics. But this volume is more than that; general linguists may also benefit from reading the many sound analyses.”
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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:  2007051071