The Functional Perspective on Language and Discourse

Applications and implications

ORCID logoMaría de los Ángeles Gómez González | University of Santiago de Compostela
ORCID logoFrancisco Gonzálvez-García | University of Almeria
Angela Downing | University Complutense of Madrid
ISBN 9789027256522 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027270207 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Over the last forty years, the functionalist approach to linguistic description and explanation has given rise to several major schools of thought that share two crucial assumptions: (i) form is not independent of meaning/function or language use; and (ii) linguistic description and explanation need to take into account the communicative function of language. This volume offers readers interested in functional linguistics a selected sample of studies that jointly prove the efficacy of the analytical tools and procedures broadly accepted within the functionalist tradition in order to investigate language and discourse, with special focus on key pragmatic/discourse notions such as contextualization, grammaticalisation, reference, politeness, (in-)directness, discourse markers, speech acts, subjective evaluation and sentiment analysis in texts, among others. In addition, this volume offers specific corpus-based techniques for the objective contextualisation of linguistic data, which is crucial given the central role allotted to context in both functional linguistics and pragmatics/discourse analysis.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 247] 2014.  viii, 292 pp.
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“The volume is highly valuable precisely in the depth and breadth of approaches provided. The more theoretical chapters by Wray and Stubbs are, in my view, brilliant, sketching out needed and promising areas of research for future scholars. [...] The very solid chapters [...] provide clarity of theoretical perspectives and depth of application and analysis, serving to effectively demonstrate the relatedness of pragmatics and functional perspectives in illuminating how language functions in use.”
“This volume is a valuable collection which contributes substantially to the existing literature of functional linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics, and as such it is highly recommended.”
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Krawczak, Karolina
2016. Objectivity, subjectivity and intersubjectivity. Functions of Language 23:2  pp. 179 ff. DOI logo
Põldvere, Nele, Johan Frid, Victoria Johansson & Carita Paradis
2021. Challenges of releasing audio material for spoken data: The case of the London-Lund Corpus 2. Research in Corpus Linguistics 9:1  pp. 35 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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