A focus on regional varieties in pluricentric languages
Klaus P. Schneider | University of Bonn
Anne Barron | University of Bonn/University of Frankfurt a.M.
This collection of papers is designed to establish variational pragmatics. This new field is situated at the interface of pragmatics and dialectology and aims at systematically investigating the effect of macro-social pragmatic variation on language in action. As such, it challenges the widespread assumption in the area of pragmatics that language communities are homogeneous and also addresses the current research gap in sociolinguistics for variation on the pragmatic level. The introductory chapter establishes the rationale for studying variational pragmatics as a separate field of inquiry, systematically sketches the broader theoretical framework and presents a framework for further analysis. The papers which follow are located within this framework. They present empirical variational pragmatic research focusing on regional varieties of pluricentric languages. Speech acts and other discourse phenomena are addressed and analysed in a number of regional varieties of Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. The seminal nature of this volume, its empirical orientation and the extensive bibliography make this book of interest to both researchers and students in pragmatics and sociolinguistics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 178] 2008. vii, 371 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | p. vii
Where pragmatics and dialectology meet: Introducing variational pragmaticsKlaus P. Schneider and Anne Barron | pp. 1–32
Part I. English
The structure of requests in Irish English and English EnglishAnne Barron | pp. 35–67
Response tokens in British and Irish discourse: Corpus, context and variational pragmaticsAnne O'Keeffe and Svenja Adolphs | pp. 69–98
Small talk in England, Ireland, and the USAKlaus P. Schneider | pp. 99–139
Gratitude in British and New Zealand radio programmes: Nothing but gushing?Sabine Jautz | pp. 141–178
Part II. Dutch and German
The distribution of T/V pronouns in Netherlandic and Belgian DutchKoen Plevoets, Dirk Speelman and Dirk Geeraerts | pp. 181–209
The pragmatics of a pluricentric language: A comparison between Austrian German and German GermanRudolf Muhr | pp. 211–244
Requesting in German as a pluricentric languageMuriel Warga | pp. 245–266
Part III. Spanish and French
Different realizations of solidarity politeness: Comparing Venezuelan and Argentinean invitationsCarmen García | pp. 269–305
Requests in corner shop transactions in Ecuadorian Andean and Coastal SpanishMaría Elena Placencia | pp. 307–332
Apologizing in French French and Canadian FrenchUrsula Schölmberger | pp. 333–354
Name index | pp. 355–362
Subject index | pp. 363–371
“I am convinced that variational pragmatics has a bright future. Schneider & Barron have carried out a pioneering job in assembling the contributions and in drawing up the agenda for what promises to be a very fruitful - and very useful - field of research.”
Gunnel Tottie, University of Zurich, in Language in Society 38:4 (2009)
“Variational pragmatics is a new exciting discipline enriching the pragmatic study of language by including regional and social variation, thus widening the domains of both traditional dialectology and variational sociolinguistics. The collection contains a number of insightful empirical studies dealing with pragmatic issues such as speech acts, pragmatic markers and conversational interactions in different regional varieties and languages.”
Karin Aijmer, Göteborg University
“[...] colleagues working in the fields of dialectology, pragmatics and discourse analysis will find it a goldmine of data-driven analysis and insights.”
Philip Riley, Nancy Université, in the Journal of Sociolinguistics Vol. 13/4, 2009.
“The present volume is extremely valuable in broadening the research scope of pragmatics [...]. The contributors' determination to dig out the differences in linguistic behaviour among pluricentric language users is meaningful. They help to establish the link between language in action and its hidden cultural values. Globalization and standardization are sweeping the world, but the inherent mores of a nation are still there. Their findings pave the way for diminishing misunderstandings in intercultural or cross-cultural discourses. With their pioneering work, this newly established discipline is right on the way.”
Zhong Hong, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China, in Discourse Studies 11(2).
“The main accomplishment of this book is that it clearly frames a new subfield of pragmatics and establishes an ambitious research agenda. The papers present solid empirical research and address a variety of issues within the paradigm. This book certainly is a must read for researchers and scholars with an interest in the interface of pragmatics and dialectology.”
Istvan Kecskes, State University of New York, Albany
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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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