Pragmatics and Classical Sanskrit

A pilot study in linguistic politeness

ISBN 9789027250407 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556192968 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027282866 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
This book explores the possibilities and limitations of pragmatic research in classical Sanskrit concentrating on linguistic politeness. The four case studies it comprises are in essence empirical, and try to accurately describe a fairly limited number of interactions between an also limited number of people. The underlying assumption is that a micro-analysis yields recognizable patterns of communicative styles and that these generalizations improve our insight in the workings of politeness (deference) in this language and in languages in general. This book also shows that the relation between classical languages and pragmatics is not necessarily a one-way street. The data provide ample evidence that a detailed text study offers rich opportunities both to supplement experimental studies (e.g. the Cross-Cultural Speech Act Realization Project) and to evaluate existing pragmatic theories constructed on the basis of contemporary languages.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 28]  1993.  xii, 454 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Transcript Notation
Pragmatics and Classical Sanskrit
A Pilot Study in Linguistic Politeness
Appendix 1: Voice, Mood and Finiteness Revisited
Appendix 2: Quantitative Data
Index of Names
Subject Index
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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